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  • Minimum service levels - what are they and what does the future hold?

    Date:
    22 May 2024

    In July 2023, the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Act 2023 came into force. This legislation gives the Government the power to make regulations to introduce minimum service levels (MSLs) where strikes take place in "relevant services". To date, MSL regulations are in place for passenger rail, ambulance, border control, and fire and rescue services, with regulations awaited for key hospital, education and nuclear decommissioning and radioactive waste management services.

  • Whose responsibility is employee development anyway?

    Date:
    15 May 2024

    In today's ever-evolving workplace, a structured approach to staff development has never been more crucial. But when time-poor managers meet with their high-expectation employees, it begs the question: whose responsibility is development anyway? The answer, says career development expert Caroline Green, is all about balance.

  • Four surprising findings from our AI in HR research

    Date:
    7 May 2024

    In March 2024, we conducted research exploring the use of AI at UK organisations, with a focus on how HR were using the new technologies. In this article, we explore some of the unexpected results.

  • Three themes HR is likely to ignore in 2024 - but shouldn't!

    Date:
    1 May 2024

    Every year it's the same: January rolls around and suggested priorities for HR abound. But with teams increasingly stretched, important issues then get cast aside or neglected. Here, as organisations find themselves deep into Q2, we draw attention to three themes that HR professionals are likely to overlook, based on what they have told us in our surveys. But, for the reasons explained here, they really shouldn't!

  • Four steps HR can take to help businesses and employees embrace the new "squiggly" careers era

    Date:
    25 April 2024

    Careers are "squigglier" than ever. Where traditional professional development tended to be linear, individuals now often trace more zigzag-shaped paths as they acquire new skills to adapt to rapidly changing workplace needs. Career mentor and expert Laurie Macpherson sets out four ways in which HR can support employees to upskill, grow their network and track their achievements - so allowing organisations to retain talented members of their workforce rather than losing them to opportunities elsewhere.

  • When a working relationship breaks down: Action points for employers

    Date:
    22 April 2024

    Part-time employment judge Tina Elliott looks at how to achieve a fair dismissal when a working relationship breaks down.

  • New holiday pay provisions - regulations in need of reform

    Date:
    11 April 2024

    The Employment Rights (Amendment, Revocation and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2023 were intended to simplify the calculation of holiday pay and entitlement following the UK's departure from the EU. But they seem to have brought as much confusion as clarity. Darren Newman provides some guidance.

  • Gender pay gap: findings from 2023 reporting

    Date:
    5 April 2024

    This year marks the seventh time that organisations have had to report their gender pay and bonus gaps. While many still leave this to the very end of the reporting year, is progress nonetheless being made on closing these gaps? We look at the latest data.

  • How will the EU Directive on adequate minimum wages affect global employers in 2024?

    Date:
    2 April 2024

    Global employers operating in the EU will have seen the flurry of member states increasing their minimum wages at the beginning of the year. Is 2024 the year for fairer minimum wages in the EU? How should global organisations prepare?

  • April 2024 employment law changes: Eight-point checklist for HR

    Date:
    26 March 2024

    With a raft of employment law changes taking effect in April 2024, we provide a final reminder for HR professionals of what their organisation needs to do to comply with the new and amended employment laws. This April, the challenges for HR include: the introduction of carer's leave; reforms to the right to request flexible working; and updated rules on timing and notice to take paternity leave.

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