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A weekly review highlighting latest additions to the award-winning subscription service for human resources professionals, focusing on UK employment law compliance, good practice and HR benchmarking.

A weekly review highlighting latest additions to the award-winning subscription service for human resources professionals, focusing on UK employment law compliance, good practice and HR benchmarking.
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A weekly review highlighting latest additions to the award-winning subscription service for human resources professionals, focusing on UK employment law compliance, good practice and HR benchmarking.




Podcast: Enhancing shared parental pay

In the recent decision in Hextall v Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police and another, the Employment Appeal Tribunal opened up the question of whether or not an employer's policy of giving a period of full pay to mothers on maternity leave, but paying only statutory shared parental pay to partners, is indirectly discriminatory. Douglas Leach, who represents Mr Hextall in the case and is a barrister at Guildhall chambers, outlines the case and explains the potential implications of the...


Podcast: Kicking off the World Cup in the workplace

With the World Cup 2018 starting on 14 June, we can safely say that football fever is about to arrive in the workplace. We discuss how employers can make the World Cup a home win by taking advantage of all the employment engagement opportunities that this event can bring. We look at some issues that might arise during the World Cup and we take a look at two employment law cases, Post Office v Liddiard and May & Baker Ltd (t/a Sanofi-Aventis Pharma) v Okerago, concerning employee conduct...


Podcast: Restrictive covenants - protecting your business

Enforcing the protection that restrictive covenants provide can be difficult and legally complex, particularly at a time when key commercial interests are at stake and emotions are running high. Special guest, Patrick Brodie, Head of Employment at law firm RPC and XpertHR contributing author, takes you through what you need to know about restrictive covenants to protect your business effectively.


Podcast: Gender pay gap reporting

Gender pay gap reports have now been published by more than 10,000 organisations. Mark Crail, content director at XpertHR including the XpertHR gender pay gap reporting service, discusses the main findings from the reports, how best to use the data internally and externally, and the dos and don'ts when preparing reports for 2019.


Podcast: Supporting bereaved employees

Managing the needs of a bereaved employee is one of most sensitive issues that HR professionals can face. Sheila Attwood, XpertHR managing editor for pay and HR practice, talks us through the support that employers can give employees at the time of a bereavement. We are also joined by Andy Langford from Cruse, a national bereavement charity, to tell us about the employee experience and how they would like to be supported by their employer.


Podcast: Getting to grips with people analytics

People analytics is one of the most significant processes to affect the HR function - the business insight it offers can ensure HR enjoys a level of influence within organisations rarely seen before. Sjoerd van den Heuvel, a researcher and lecturer at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, and expert in people analytics, joins us to provide some practical guidelines on the hows and whys of getting involved. Presenter Noelle Murphy is joined by Sjoerd van den Heuvel.


Common pitfalls in managing redundancies

Ensuring a redundancy process stands up to inspection while minimising the impact on remaining employees is a an ongoing challenge for HR practitioners. One of our oldest employment rights carries with it a series of common pitfalls. Max Winthrop, an employment law partner at Short Richardson and Forth LLP, joins us to give us the benefit of his experience of regularly advising on redundancy exercises, including how to ensure the consultation process is meaningful and ensuring selection...


Podcast: Long-term sickness assessments after the demise of fit for work

Enabling the return to work of employees on long-term sickness absence remains an ongoing issue for employers, despite the Government's decision to close the Fit for Work assessment service, following low referral rates. Eversheds Sutherland partner Naeema Choudry joins us to discuss what the demise of the service means for employers and the options available when assessing employees on long-term sickness absence.


Podcast: Are you at risk of backdated holiday claims?

In the recent decision of The Sash Window Workshop and another v King, the ECJ opened up the risk of unpaid holiday claims being brought by "workers" treated as self-employed. Nick Chronias, employment partner at DAC Beachcroft LLP, explains the implications of the decision and the steps employers can take to mitigate against the risk. Presenter Laura Merrylees is joined by Nick Chronias.


Podcast: Leadership development - delivering a successful programme

The quality of leadership can distinguish a successful organisation from a struggling one. Nigel Paine, a learning and development specialist, author and broadcaster, joins us to explain why leadership development is so important and how organisations can deliver it to maximum effect.


Podcast: Workplace mediation - what is it and why use it?

Using mediation to resolve workplace conflict can be a highly effective tool for employers. Aled Davies, an expert in mediation, joins us to explain how mediation can take place at work and the benefits it can offer. Presenter Laura Merrylees is joined by Aled Davies.


Podcast: Key employment cases for 2018 Save

We predict the key cases for 2018 and assess their likely impact. We explain why employment status will remain in the spotlight, and we discuss the ramifications of the ECJ's recent decision on holiday pay.


Podcast: Emerging trends in employee engagement

Kate Pritchard, director of research at ORC International, joins us to discuss emerging trends in employee engagement, including: the "Engage for Success" movement; the impact of technology; survey response rates and turnaround times; the frequency of surveys, together with the use of pulse surveys; and the potential impact of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Presenter Noelle Murphy is joined by Kate Pritchard.


Podcast: HR careers

Special guest Brad Taylor, Head of People at CIPD, joins us to discuss the findings of the XpertHR HR careers survey 2017 and provides a valuable insight into the HR profession.


Podcast: TUPE mythbusters (part 2)

In the second part of our two-part podcast on TUPE, special guests Patrick Brodie and Kelly Thomson clear up some common TUPE myths.


XpertHR podcast 8 Sept 2017

We look at a recent High Court decision concerning the suspension of an employee, and offer practical advice on the approach employers should take towards suspension.


Podcast: Handling grievances

Employers have a degree of flexibility when deciding how to deal with employee grievances. We look at how to take a common sense approach to grievances, including when to take informal action, what to do if employees are reluctant to get involved with a formal procedure, and the potential outcomes to consider. Presenter Qian Mou is joined by Susie Munro.


Podcast: Dealing with covert recordings

Employers are increasingly required to deal with employees covertly recording disciplinary and grievance meetings. With the prevalence of sophisticated recording devices, including mobile phones, this trend is likely to continue. In this week's podcast, we discuss how an employer should deal with covert recordings. In particular we look at the cases of Punjab National Bank (International) Ltd and others v Gosain and Zia and others v Brighton University Foundation Trust and others and offer...


Podcast: Holiday pay includes voluntary overtime

In the recent decision in Dudley Council v Willets and others, the Employment Appeal Tribunal found that regular voluntary overtime carried out by employees should be included in the calculation of holiday pay. Nick Chronias, employment partner at DAC Beachcroft LLP, explains the legal implications of the decision for employers. We go on to discuss what employers should be doing differently as a result of the decision. Presenter Jeya Thiruchelvam is joined by Nick Chronias.


Podcast: The abolition of employment tribunal fees

In a landmark judgment on 26 July 2017, the Supreme Court, in the case of R (on the application of Unison) v Lord Chancellor, found that employment tribunal fees prevented access to justice and were unlawful. Laurie Anstis, employment lawyer and part-time employment judge, takes us through what this judgment means for employers including the likely short-term and long-term implications.