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The latest UK immigration changes – What employers need to know

The UK has experienced an unprecedented influx of immigrants since the pandemic’s onset. The most recent estimates, up to June 2023, reveal a surge in net migration, reaching 672,000—marking a significant uptick from pre-pandemic levels. In December 2023, the UK…

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Why HRi Accreditation Matters: Advancing your path in HR and People

Independent HR and People practitioners play a pivotal role in creating exceptional workplaces for organisations, particularly SMEs. Attracting, recruiting, rewarding and retaining talent can be challenging for most organisations. Working with an accredited Independent HR and People professional ensures businesses…

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HR A Year in Review 2023

We once again start the year by reviewing the hot topics that presented key challenges and opportunities for HR in 2023.   Artificial Intelligence (AI) There were lots of discussions in 2023 in the workplace about AI and its impact…

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Summary of 2023 Employment Law Reforms

2023 has witnessed several reforms in employment law. Let’s take a concise look at the notable changes that have unfolded throughout the year. Last updated: 21 Dec 2023   Private Members Bill – Family Friendly employment law rights Three Private…

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Tribunal and employment cases in review – 2023

As we come to a close for 2023 and begin 2024, we have pulled together a small selection of tribunal and employment cases from 2023. Each highlights key employment issues. Meaker vs Cyxtera Technology UK Ltd (CTUK) This employment tribunal…

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Autumn Statement 2023: Key Updates for Small Businesses

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt recently unveiled the Autumn Statement (22nd November 2023), laying out the government’s tax spending plans for the upcoming year. This is likely to be the government’s last mini-budget ahead of the general election. So we have summarised some…

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Holiday Pay for irregular and part-year workers

Holiday pay calculation and entitlement for workers on variable hours have created issues for employers, payroll and HR for some time now. The government has published its response to the consultation on reforms to retained EU employment law. This also…

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The Worker Protection Act will become law in October 2024

The Worker Protection Bill is set to become law in October 2024. On 26 October 2023, the Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Act 2023 received Royal Assent. The Bill makes a provision in relation to the duties of…

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A Menopause Friendly Workplace – Why It Matters?

In the past, discussing menopause was akin to tiptoeing around a taboo topic, but times are changing. The increasing awareness and advocacy initiatives are gradually breaking down these barriers, encouraging more open dialogue and understanding about menopause-related issues in professional…

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Office romance – managing workplace romances

It is often said employees should steer clear of office romance, but they still happen.  Over 60% of adults have engaged in a romantic relationship at work. In the past, many organisations did not permit office romance to avoid potential…

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The employee must have knowledge of the harassment for a claim

In this recent case (June 2023) the EAT considered whether the effect of conduct can amount to harassment when the Claimant was unaware of colleagues’ comments until later. Greasley-Adams v Royal Mail Group Ltd: The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) upheld…

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Flexible Working Bill: What do employers need to know

The Flexible Working Bill passes the third reading (14 July). It now waits for the final stage of Royal Assent when the bill will become an Act. The Flexible Working Bill also known as the Employment Relations Bill aims to…

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New family-friendly employment law rights receive Royal Assent

Three Private Members’ Bills, with government backing, successfully obtained Royal Assent. With the passing of three Bills, there is now a trio of family-friendly employment law rights. Three Private Members’ Bill with government backing, successfully obtained Royal Assent in May….

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