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12 months of 2019: July

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

Boris Johnson announced as PM

Following Theresa May’s resignation, Boris Johnson was elected as the new Conservative leader and next UK prime minister. Having been favourite to win the leadership race, Johnson beat Jeremy Hunt by securing 92,153 party member votes to his rival’s 46,656.

In his victory speech, Johnson said his priorities were to “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn". The appointment was welcomed by Brexiteer Conservative MPs, including Michael Gove and Jacob Rees-Mogg – who said that Johnson had “a clear mandate to deliver Brexit and unite the country".

Uber sets diversity targets

Uber announced it would tie some executives’ bonuses to diversity targets in an attempt to increase representation of women and other minority groups at the organisation. The firm declined to say what percentage of bonuses would be contingent on hitting diversity targets, but a spokesperson cited it a “significant” proportion.

The metric will be used, it was reported, to calculate the bonuses of chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, chief financial officer Nelson Chai, general counsel Tony West and the company’s new chief people officer Nikki Krishnamurthy. The move received a mixed response from the HR community.

The best bits of HR magazine in July...

Tackling the climate emergency: HR’s role

Time is running out to save our planet. So green issues can no longer be ignored by HR, who are perfectly placed to take the strategic lead in their organisations.

Organisational awareness of disability passports low

Lack of awareness could be seriously limiting the effectiveness of workplace disability passports, according to research from Business Disability Forum.

HR at Eurostar: Light at the end of the tunnel

Four years ago HR’s reputation at Eurostar was poor. But now it has been transformed into a value-adding function that’s been keeping services going amid Brexit turmoil.

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