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The 12 months of 2016: September

As our 12 Days of Christmas countdown we look at the most interesting HR happenings over the last year

Jeremy Corbyn wins leadership challenge

Jeremy Corbyn strengthened his grip on the Labour Party when he decisively beat Owen Smith in a leadership contest.

Corbyn made waves in 2015 when he appointed Luciana Berger to the newly-created post of shadow minister for mental health, indicating an increasing focus on mental health under his leadership. HR, too, is focusing on the importance of mental wellbeing in the workplace.

HR Most Influential

HR Most Influential is an annual list that celebrates the most influential players in the field of people strategy, held at an exclusive event at Claridge's. In September two leading HR academics were inducted into HR magazine's HR Most Influential Hall of Fame; Cary Cooper and Edward Lawler.

Standard Life chief people officer Sandy Begbie took the top spot this year, as HR’s Most Influential Practitioner. Evidence-based management champion Rob Briner was named top thinker of 2016.

Our pick of September:

Can (and should) employers ditch bonuses?

Some employers are ditching bonuses. But is this a good idea and what are the legal implications?

Employment in the ‘gig economy’: A new worker category?

What does the highly flexible 'gig economy' way of working mean for HR?

Gender equality hinges on paternity leave

Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway, spoke on gender equality in the workplace.

Commercial HR: How HRDs are cashing in on their expertise

The function's innovators are starting to come up with ideas for HR services that can make money externally. Our September cover story explored this shift.