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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.




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: Handling redundancies where maternity rights apply

Handling redundancies where affected employees include those who are pregnant or on maternity leave can give rise to some tricky issues. Understanding what the law allows you to do, including the special protections that can apply, is crucial to ensuring a fair process. Jo Broadbent, who is a professional support lawyer with Hogan Lovells, explains the key features of the law including: how the selection process operates; the duty to offer suitable alternative employment; entitlement to...


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.


Podcast: Training line managers in absence management

We discuss how employers are training managers to deal with this important issue.


Podcast: The Taylor review

Fiona Rushforth, senior associate at law firm Wedlake Bell, joins us to discuss the key principles and recommendations of Matthew Taylor's review of modern employment practices. We look at what this review means for employers and in particular, we discuss the following recommendations: the renaming of worker status to dependent contractor status; changes to the worker status test; closing the loophole that allows agency workers to be paid less than employees doing the same job; the...


Podcast: Managing an underperforming employee

In this week's podcast, we look at how employers can manage poorly performing employees in an effective and proactive manner. In particular, we cover: giving feedback to underperforming employees; the standard of performance that is expected of employees; following a fair performance management process; and redeployment in the context of poorly performing employees. We also briefly look at Matthew Taylor's review of modern employment practices. Presenter Jeya Thiruchelvam is joined by...


Podcast: Case law update

We provide a mid-year round-up of high profile employment cases in 2017. We discuss two disability discrimination cases relating to absence management (O'Brien v Bolton St Catherine's Academy) and recruitment (Government Legal Service v Brookes). We also look at one of the first employment tribunal cases relating to shared parental pay (Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd) and two European Court of Justice cases on religious dress (Achbita and another v G4S Secure Solutions and Bougnaoui...


Podcast: Identifying a selection pool for redundancy

Identifying the correct selection pool is a fundamental part of establishing a fair redundancy process. Getting this wrong at the outset can undermine the rest of the process. In this week's podcast, we provide practical advice on the factors to consider when identifying a selection pool. In particular, we look at: the steps an employer can take if there is no agreed procedure on pooling in place; what to do if only one person is affected by the redundancy; an employer's discretion over...


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