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What you missed from the CIPD Festival of Work

Professor Brian Cox, safeguarding the NHS, hybrid work tips and lessons learned from mistakes in the pandemic - here are some of the key takeaways we gleaned from this week's CIPD Festival of Work.

Mandatory care vaccinations come with rights risks

Coronavirus vaccinations are now mandatory for care home stuff in England and ministers are considering extending compulsory vaccination measure to all NHS staff.

Lockdown easing delay adds pressure to HR

The four-week delay in easing of lockdown restrictions in England to 19 July will be bittersweet for employers.

Sick leave: The skive’s the limit?

Sick leave has been a sensitive issue for many years but a recent employment tribunal case reflected the risks that adopting a pre-judged approach can take.

Employees forced back to work despite government guidance, says TUC

Nearly one in 10 UK employees have been forced back to the workplace despite government guidance to continue remote working until restrictions are reviewed on 21 June.

What HR tech will you use to bring staff back safely?

Smart systems for maintaining commercial viability and worker wellbeing will be an integral part of the post-COVID workplace. From the May/June 2021 issue Rob Gray explores some of the options.

Pimlico Plumbers advert risks discrimination claims

London plumbing firm Pimlico Plumbers has launched its first advert for a job that lists vaccination against coronavirus as a requirement.

Redefining chief people officers post-pandemic

There has been a lot of discussion around how the pandemic has shaped the ‘new normal’ over the past year. In the workplace, many businesses had to quickly adapt to working from home, conducting...

Long COVID: rethinking ill-health and the world of work 

One positive repercussion of the COVID pandemic may be an improvement in how we deal with illness at work more generally, but HR must lead the way, finds Jo Gallacher in this month's cover story.

Long COVID could change work for all with long-term illness

We all want to stay well – that’s why we drag our not-fully rested bodies out of bed early to do a workout and convince ourselves that a Caesar salad is just as tasty as a burger and fries.

Hot topic part two: pregnancy loss

In April 2021, New Zealand joined a small number of countries offering paid leave for those who experience pregnancy loss. In the same month, The Lancet published data on the mental health impacts of...

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Furlough and redundancy leads to surge in drinking

Almost half of UK adults (49%) who have either been made redundant or are in the process of redundancy are drinking more than they usually would have prior to the pandemic.

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