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Podcast: The Taylor review
July 20, 2017 04:01 AM PDT
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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 calculation of pay in the gig economy; the payment of a higher national minimum wage for non-guaranteed hours in a contract; and tribunal fees and the enforcement process for awards.
Presenter Laura Merrylees is joined by Fiona Rushforth.

Podcast: Managing an underperforming employee
July 13, 2017 06:20 AM PDT
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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 XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman.

Podcast: Case law update
July 06, 2017 04:17 AM PDT
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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 and another v Micropole SA).

We finish by flagging up some upcoming cases in 2017 involving whistleblowing, the gig economy and employment status, and discuss the outstanding decisions regarding the tribunal fees regime and carrying over annual leave.

Presented by Ellie Gelder and Laura Merrylees.

Podcast: Identifying a selection pool for redundancy
June 28, 2017 07:36 AM PDT
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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 the size of the pool; how to approach redundancies across multiple sites; and how to deal with employees that are absent on sick leave or maternity leave.
Presenter Laura Merrylees is joined by Zeba Sayed.

Podcast: Reputational damage - five risk areas for employers
June 22, 2017 06:39 AM PDT
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In this week's podcast, we discuss five areas in which the risk of reputational damage can be an issue for employers, and what HR professionals can do to reduce the risk of their organisation's reputation being damaged.

Podcast: Interviewing effectively
June 15, 2017 08:07 AM PDT
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Interviewing a candidate is one of the most challenging parts of the recruitment process. Preparing effectively can help to ensure that the outcome is successful, and that the interview is conducted in a fair and non-discriminatory manner. In this week's podcast, we discuss the problems that can occur during an interview and provide practical tips on how to get the most out of the process. Presenter Laura Merrylees is joined by Bar Huberman.

Podcast: Primer on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
June 08, 2017 02:47 AM PDT
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Although organisations are increasingly aware of the new requirements under the EU General Data Protection Regulation, many are not sure how the GDPR will affect HR function. We discuss how HR will contribute to the GDPR compliance process.

In particular, we look at possible HR roles in: conducting a data audit or creating a data map; identifying legal grounds to process employment-related data; and reviewing HR policies and procedures to ensure that they incorporate GDPR requirements.
Presenter Jeya Thiruchelvam is joined by Qian Mou.

Podcast: Companions at disciplinary hearings - tricky scenarios for HR
June 01, 2017 06:40 AM PDT
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In this week's podcast, we explain what HR should do when faced with some tricky scenarios related to the right to be accompanied at disciplinary hearings. The seven scenarios discussed include a worker requesting a companion with a history of disruptive behaviour, and a worker asking for a postponement at the last minute to find a companion. Presenter Ellie Gelder is joined by Stephen Simpson.

Podcast: Planning an effective probationary period
May 25, 2017 02:12 AM PDT
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In this week's podcast, we look at how employers can prepare in advance to get the most out of probationary periods.

In particular, we look at: contractual provisions on probationary periods;
setting expectations and objectives;
addressing performance and conduct issues; extending the probationary period; and confirming the employee in post.

Presenter Ellie Gelder is joined by Susie Munro.

Podcast: National minimum wage
May 18, 2017 06:03 AM PDT
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In this week's podcast, we explain the basics of the national minimum wage and highlight some of the pitfalls for employers.

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