Commentary and insights

All items: Managing employees/workers

  • New holiday pay provisions - regulations in need of reform

    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.

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

    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.

  • Why some employers must provide extra holiday in 2024

    22 March 2024

    As a result of how the Easter bank holidays fall in 2024 and 2025, some employers will breach their employees' annual leave rights unless they furnish them with an extra day's annual leave.

  • New flexible working request rules - what does HR need to know?

    8 March 2024

    Changes to statutory flexible working rights are due to come into force on 6 April 2024. Given the increased expectation of staff to be able to work flexibly, coupled with the right to request flexible working becoming a day-one right, employers should prepare for an increase in flexible working applications. In this article, we guide HR through the key changes and how employers can prepare.

  • Carer's leave: Six things HR needs to know

    5 February 2024

    The new statutory right to carer's leave will come into force on 6 April 2024. We look at how this new type of leave will operate, so HR can be ready when requests start to come in.

  • Employment law changes 2024: Progress report for HR

    10 January 2024

    As we plunge into a new year, HR professionals could be forgiven for losing track of all the upcoming employment law changes and what they mean for their organisation. To assist HR with planning for 2024 and beyond, we round up the major legislative changes in the pipeline.

  • Changes to holiday entitlement and pay in 2024: What does HR need to know?

    16 November 2023

    A number of changes to holiday entitlement and pay are due to come in next year, especially for workers with irregular hours and part-year workers. We look at what HR needs to know to be ready for the developments. 

  • Six key takeaways from the 2023 CIPD conference

    13 November 2023

    The people profession is operating in a "VUCA world on steroids" (VUCA = volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity). So said CEO Peter Cheese as he welcomed around 1,300 delegates to the 2023 CIPD conference in Manchester.

  • Should we raise the minimum wage for workers on zero hours contracts?

    8 November 2023

    The Workers (Predicable Terms and Conditions) Act 2023 has now received Royal Assent. But will it fix the problem of zero hours contracts and precarious work? Probably not, says XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman, who casts an eye over Labour's plans for a "New Deal" and points to a forgotten proposal with the potential to make a real difference.

  • Hybrid working - the "new normal": What we found out

    5 October 2023

    Director of Epic HR Gary Cookson recently delivered a webinar for XpertHR entitled Hybrid working - How to personalise the employee experience. During the session, he asked attendees a number of questions about the realities of the new post-Covid world, which is increasingly characterised by hybrid working arrangements.

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