Employee relations

Revenge porn: how employers can support victims

During lockdown in April 2020, nearly double the number of people reached out for support for the sharing of revenge porn compared to April 2019.

Virgin Atlantic repeals tattoo ban for cabin crew

Virgin Atlantic lifted its ban on cabin crew displaying their tattoos at work last week, becoming the first airline to do. Will we see more tattoos on show in the workplace of the future?

Appraisals – common pitfalls and challenges

We have all had that feeling around appraisal season. Everything seems fine so why waste time when we have work to get on with?

Brewdog's James Watt: Why I gave away £100m to my staff

When we announced we were giving away nearly £100 million of my own shares in Brewdog, the response was overwhelming. At our Ellon headquarters and brewery people were stunned when they heard the...

How should HR help employees going through a break up?

Grief is not exclusive to bereavement. Some definitions describe grief as ‘the conflicting emotions brought by the change of a familiar pattern’.

Shift workers lacking flexibility offered in job adverts

Shift work may not be as flexible as advertised, as many workers are given little notice to plan their lives.

Hot topic: Do business boycotts risk dividing the workplace? Part two

Boycotting countries for moral or political reasons is nothing new, yet this decision may punish employees who have no control over where they are born.

Hot topic: Do business boycotts risk dividing the workplace? Part one

Boycotting countries for moral or political reasons is nothing new, yet this decision may punish employees who have no control over where they are born. Following the instigation of a Russian invasion...

Tackling labour market friction after Covid-19: a time for transformational thinking 

The UK government signalled its intention to intensify benefit sanctions with the recently announced ‘Way to Work’ scheme, which aims to move half a million people into jobs by the end of June 2022. 

P&O's PR disaster exposes HR's critical role in risk management

Ethical failures, like the recent firing of 800 staff without consultation by ferry company P&O, can prove costly to business and seriously damage people’s lives. Employers – and HR – say experts...

Errant umbrella firms to be named and shamed

The new CEO of the Freelance and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has said he will name and shame umbrella companies that fall short of best practice compliance policies.

Reasonable adjustments for disabled workers in the age of hybrid working

Our new working environment, with many employees based both at home and in the office, means businesses may well need to take a long hard look at the reasonable adjustments they are making and ensure...