Hywel Roberts

The pensions problem that won't go away

BHS' collapse and Tata Steel's recent wobbles have put company pension deficits back in the spotlight


Engagement adds to the bottom line, research finds

Recent Hay Group research provides strong evidence of a causal link between employee engagement and business performance.


Employment tribunal fees: putting a price on justice?

Since the introduction of employment tribunal fees, claims have dropped noticeably. Are they a barrier to employees getting real justice?


Number of public sector interim managers increases

The use of interim managers in the public sector is at its highest rate since 2009, according to research by the Interim Management Association (IMA).


MPs criticise DWP over disability support programme

The government's flagship Access to Work (AtW) programme is failing to help enough disabled people into employment because of failings at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), according to a...


More than half of HR professionals shun full holiday allowance

Only 42% of HR professionals took their full holiday allowance in 2014, according to research by specialist recruitment company Robert Walters.


High Court rules tribunal fees are lawful

The High Court yesterday (Wednesday 17 December) rejected a judicial review brought by trade union Unison to have tribunal fees ruled unlawful.


ECJ obesity ruling 'real problem' for employers

The ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that obesity can constitute a disability could cause real problems for employers, according to Osborne Clarke employment partner Julian Hemming.


Beware of patchwork jobs recovery, says academic

A polarisation of the jobs market, high youth unemployment and large regional variations mean the latest ONS figures are not as positive as they first appear, according to Warwick University professor...


MPs back equal pay transparency bill

A bill to give the government powers to force big business to reveal their gender pay data was passed with an overwhelming majority in the House of Commons yesterday.


'Trust gap' remains around flexible working

More than one-quarter (28%) of employers still don’t trust their staff to work flexibly, according to research by Samsung UK.


Unemployment falls to lowest rate for six years

UK unemployment fell by 63,000 to 1.96 million in the third quarter of 2014, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).