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All items: Work organisation

  • 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 and tax: what employers need to know

    6 February 2023

    The now-defunct Office for Tax Simplification recently highlighted the need for tax policy to be aligned with modern working practices, including hybrid and remote working from overseas. Susan Ball, employment solutions partner at audit, tax and consulting firm RSM UK, looks at what employers need to know from a tax perspective.

  • Travel disruption: Employers' questions answered

    5 December 2022

    With further strikes taking place in January 2023, nationwide industrial action on the railways continues into the new year, effectively shutting down the rail network and causing ongoing travel disruption for millions of employees. Stephen Simpson answers five common questions from employers on the workplace impact of travel disruption.

  • Blackouts: Your HR questions answered

    27 October 2022

    The National Grid has warned that the war in Ukraine combined with very cold weather could result in three-hour power cuts in January and February 2023. While such blackouts are unlikely, the ramification for businesses could be significant. We look at how HR professionals can help their organisations to prepare.

  • HR talking point: Industrial unrest - why more restrictive union laws are not the answer

    26 July 2022

    Consultant editor Darren Newman argues that more restrictive trade union laws, such as the lifting of the ban on using agency workers during industrial action and an increase in the level of damages that can be awarded against unions for unlawful industrial action, are not the answer to tackling the current wave of industrial unrest.

  • How to keep LGBT employees safe abroad

    8 February 2021

    It may not seem a burning issue amid travel restrictions brought about by the pandemic, but for international professional services firms, there are a plethora of reasons to meet the needs of LGBT+ employees who need to travel or be resident abroad.

  • Managing international business travel during coronavirus and Brexit

    29 October 2020

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has made business travel increasingly complex, and the end of the Brexit transition period could complicate it further. Louise Haycock and Heidi Cook of Fragomen outline the key issues that employers need to consider when employees undertake international travel for work.

  • Supporting neurodivergent staff in the post-lockdown workplace

    31 July 2020

    Matthew Trerise and Angela Armstrong discuss the challenges neurodivergent people may experience when returning to the workplace post-lockdown, with practical tips on reintegrating employees.

  • Police sector: Shift and night working

    27 November 2019

    We look at how shift and night working operates in the police sector and some of the initiatives aimed at reducing the potential negative impact of such working patterns.

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