Legislation

Summer heat: Don’t make us the dress code police, says HR

With temperatures expected to reach 34°C later today (17 June), HR practitioners have insisted it is not their job to police their organisations' dress codes.

When the workplace needs love contracts

The return to the office has brought attention back to love contracts as employers brace for the next wave of workplace love affairs.

Rail strike could be combatted with agency workers following legal change

Government is considering using agency workers to replace striking staff during one of the largest rail strikes in history, set to take place next week.

Adoption and surrogacy – What HR needs to know

Adoption and surrogacy rates in the UK are on the rise – in the year ending March 2020, there were 3,440 adoptions and 413 parental orders following a surrogacy arrangement.

Right to work digital ID check providers chosen

The UK government has made the Post Office and identity verification platform Yoti the first certified digital identity service providers (IDSP) to carry out right to work checks across the country.

The P&O Ferries aftermath: gaming the system or business as usual?

Much of the media coverage of P&O Ferries’ redundancies focused on the outrage at the company’s apparently unusual breaches of employment law, and detail like the use of security guards with handcuffs...

Does ‘porngate' highlight the need for HR to police employees' work time?

A political scandal around porn-watching at work reopened the debate on whether employees need strict management of what they get up to while on-the-clock, says Dan Cave.

'Long overdue' Statutory Sick Pay reforms brought to parliament

Proposed reforms to the UK's Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) system are planned to be introduced to parliament today.

Do boards needs directors in charge of bringing the workers’ perspective?

The rights of workers are rarely far from the headlines. You only have to look at the backlash that came from P&O’s decision to make 800 people redundant without consultation to know the reaction when...

Employment Bill snub in Queen's speech leaves workers' rights in limbo

The long-awaited Employment Bill will not form part of the Queen's Speech, leaving working standards at a crossroads.

HMRC allowed to appeal IR35 case ruling

The Court of Appeal has ruled against HMRC in what could be a significant test case about whether freelancers are deemed to be inside or outside IR35.

Is the UK's confused visa system in need of reform?

A ragbag approach to skills shortages and hard-to-shift government bias over the intentions of migrants is preventing employers making the most of potential talent, finds Peter Crush.