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12 months of 2019: December

It's been an eventful year for HR-related issues hitting the headlines. Our 12 Days of Christmas countdown revisits each month's most notable happenings

Conservatives claim "earthquake general election victory"

Boris Johnson led the Conservatives to a "historic" general election win with an 80-seat Commons majority. The party had its biggest victory since Margaret Thatcher won a third term in 1987. Johnson described the Tory party's landmark victory as an "earthquake".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn confirmed he would resign before another election, after the party faced its worst defeat since 1935. Corbyn said he would continue to lead the party during a "period of reflection" as Labour decides the direction it should take next. Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson quit with immediate effect, after she lost her East Dunbartonshire seat by 149 votes.

BAME diversity on FTSE 100 boards falls

Research from Green Park Group, an executive recruitment consultancy chaired by former head of the equality watchdog Trevor Phillips, looked at the make-up of company boards and senior management as of August 2019. It found that the proportion of directors and executive committee members from BAME backgrounds in the FTSE 100 fell from 8.8% in 2018 to 7.4% in 2019.

Almost half (47) of the FTSE 100 companies have boards and executive committees with no one from a BAME background. In total, there are only ten BAME chairmen, chief executives and finance chiefs on boards. Associated British Foods, the owner of Primark, and Rio Tinto were among the firms with no BAME board representation.

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Adam Kay: Could better HR save the NHS?

Doctor turned author Adam Kay told HR magazine about the unique challenges facing NHS staff and their employers.

Combining past and present at L’Oréal

L’Oréal’s UK and Ireland HRD Paul Gilliam explained how the company is making the most of its heritage while ensuring employees are fit for the future of the beauty industry.

Shutting up shop: HR on the high street

The high street is changing as shopping habits shift amid technological advances. So how can HR ensure its future prosperity?

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