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12 months of 2020: September


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.

The government's first u-turn

The ‘rule of six’ is introduced in England complicating matters for the workplace and its COVID-security.

Later on in the month, a spike in coronavirus then cases sees government perform a large-scale u-turn on its advice for workers to return to work where they can. This raises concerns about the impact sustained remote work with have on employee mental health, especially as most workers say they plan to carry annual leave over into the new year.

At the forefront of EDI

A study from PwC reveals that the number of companies publishing their ethnicity pay gap report rose by 18% in the two years up to 2020 – a step forward for racial equality in the UK.

Demand for D&I professionals in UK workplaces also sees a sharp rise, as LinkedIn data shows the number of these roles increased by 58% over the past five years.

Working Families announced its annual list of the UK’s most family-friendly employers, and Stonewall reveals the organisations that provide the best environment for LGBT employees worldwide.

The best bits of HR magazine from September 2020:

Back to life, back to (a new) reality: the workplace after furlough

Our cover story for the September/October issue asks what HR will need to be mindful of when bringing people back to the workplace after furlough – whether virtually or in-person.

Is it time to re-think the recruitment process?

As the job market is flooded with redundancies, our feature on recruitment examines what needs to be done to readjust the hiring process.

Can we escape the single parent trap?

Our pensions feature explores the challenges of being a single parent saving for the future and the gender gap that pervades it.

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