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12 months of 2020: June


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.

At the start of the month chancellor Rishi Sunak details his plans for ending the furlough scheme, asking employers to pay National Insurance and employer pension contributions from August. These changes would be deferred later in the year as the end of furlough is moved to March 2021.

Public Health England's report finds the importance of age, gender, health and ethnicity in determining people’s recovery from COVID-19.

Anti-racism protests following the killing of George Floyd continue across the UK in Manchester, Cardiff, Leicester and Sheffield, culminating in a statue of 17th century merchant and slave trader Edward Colston being pulled down by protesters in Bristol.

Home Secretary Priti Patel confirms plan to enforce a 14-day self-isolation period for most travellers returning to the UK.

CIPD’s Festival of Work

The CIPD holds its Festival of Work virtually for the first time featuring keynotes from psychologist and former NBA star John Amaechi, author and UCL associate professor of mathematics Hannah Fry and Duncan Selbie, the chief executive of Public Health England.

A survey suggests the majority of HR leaders plan to encourage continued remote working post-lockdown, and analysis from the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) hints at the regional toll pandemic-related job losses are having across the county, as an average of 20 unemployed people are chasing every vacancy in disadvantaged areas of the UK.

The best bits of HR magazine from June 2020:

Hot Topic: Female leadership in a time of crisis

This issue’s hot topic looks at the qualities the world’s female leaders have that made them so successful in their pandemic response.

Are you stuck on autopilot?

In her ongoing series of wellbeing columns for HR magazine HR director, strategist and author Karen Beaven asks whether now is the time to start reassessing your career.

Does L&D have an exclusivity problem?

Are work training initiatives are a walled garden locking out those in lower paid jobs that would benefit the most from progression?

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