Employment law

12 months of 2020: January

In a year that has catapulted people professionals to the top of every agenda, our 12 Days of Christmas countdown reviews what made the headlines in 2020.

Get vaccinated or don’t come back: Can employers compel employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19?

The encouraging news that COVID-19 vaccines have been highly effective in advanced trials and a roll-out programme for high-risk groups may start this side of Christmas offers light at the end of the...

Building back better with disability inclusive policies

The United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December) is an opportunity to highlight the many contributions that disabled people make to our economy, our workplaces and...

Gender-fluid and non-binary ruling in Jaguar Land Rover case calls for a rewrite of equality policies

An employment tribunal against Jaguar Land Rover has broken new ground in ensuring the protection of gender-fluid employees from discrimination under the Equality Act.

What employers can dictate over Christmas

?The public mood is now very much focused on Christmas. The government has liberalised lockdown to allow for more social mixing over the festive period and quarantine requirements have been relaxed...

Autistic employees risk burnout without proper support from HR

Autistic employees are at risk of experiencing burnout if employers don’t take time to understand their needs, says autism and education consultant at SEND Support Joe Butler and co-author of Is that...

Using employee data to achieve a more resilient and reactive business

Effective use of employee engagement, productivity and achievement data can help companies build resilience against unforeseeable events into the core of its operations. Managers and leaders with a...

COVID-19 has delayed diversity and inclusion in workplaces

Over a third of workers (34%) believe COVID-19 has delayed efforts to improve diversity, inclusion and belonging in their company.

The spending review: what does it mean for HR?

In yesterday’s Spending Review chancellor Rishi Sunak told the House of Commons that the government will accept a recommendation from the Low Pay Commission to increase the National Living Wage (NLW)...

Firms lack transparency over support for working parents

Only a small minority of the UK investment management firms are disclosing how they support working parents, and the support that is available has been described as “invisible”.

Coronavirus pandemic reduces unemployment stigma

Nearly half (47%) of HR professionals believe stigma surrounding unemployment has reduced since the coronavirus pandemic started, according to new research.

Advertising roles as flexible might not win over as many women as it did pre-COVID

A study for Zurich insurance suggested women are 20% more likely to apply for senior roles if the job offers flexible hours. The research - which was carried out by the Behavioural Insights Team, a...

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