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Podcast: Key employment cases for 2019
January 10, 2019 05:42 AM PST
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Which employment cases will have the biggest impact on HR in 2019? We assess the likely impact on employers of upcoming cases on: the national minimum wage, shared parental leave, holiday pay, restrictive covenants, collective bargaining, covert CCTV, and employment status.

The 2019 cases that we discuss pose the following questions:

Are sleep-in care workers entitled to the national minimum wage while asleep?
Is it sex discrimination for employers to enhance maternity pay but not shared parental pay?
Is ambulance workers' voluntary overtime sufficiently regular and settled to be included in the calculation of holiday pay?
Is a restrictive covenant that prevents an ex-employee from being "concerned or interested in" a competitor for six months too wide to be enforceable?
Are employers permitted to make direct pay offers to employees "over the heads of the union" when collective bargaining breaks down?
Is an employer that introduces widespread covert CCTV to tackle thefts breaching employees' right to privacy?
Are Uber drivers "workers", entitling them to basic employment rights such as holiday pay?
Presenter Laura Merrylees is joined by Fiona Cuming and Stephen Simpson.

Podcast: HR developments 2018/2019
December 13, 2018 08:07 AM PST
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In this roundtable podcast, members of the XpertHR editorial team reflect on the key employment law developments of 2018 and the impact of these for HR, including: Brexit; the GDPR; the apprenticeship levy; pay reporting; parental bereavement leave; and family-friendly policies.

With many of the changes likely to affect employers of all sizes and in differing sectors, we consider what employers need to do to prepare and plan for the year ahead and beyond.

Presenter Laura Merrylees is joined by Susie Munro, Stephen Simpson, Noelle Murphy and Fiona Cuming. Edited and produced by Chris Bryant.

Podcast: Flexible working policies and practice at PwC
November 29, 2018 01:34 AM PST
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Charlotte Billot-Taylor, Leader - Employee Relations, Policy & Advice at PwC, discusses her organisation's approach to flexible working and transparency around family-friendly policies. She shares the experience of PwC in introducing new initiatives designed around various flexible working patterns, and offers advice for any organisations looking to evaluate or modify flexible working policies or practice for employees.

Presenter Noelle Murphy is joined by Charlotte Billot-Taylor.

Podcast: Avoiding unfair dismissals during redundancies
November 15, 2018 01:42 AM PST
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Laurie Anstis, director with Boyes Turner LLP and updating author at XpertHR, focusses on how employers can avoid unfair dismissals when going through a redundancy exercise. Laurie covers when to seek volunteers, how to go about the consultation process, identifying and applying selection criteria, scoring those at risk of redundancy, avoiding redundancy problems and dealing with appeals against dismissal.

Presenter Noelle Murphy is joined by Laurie Anstis.

Podcast: Pay award forecasts for 2019
November 01, 2018 08:43 AM PDT
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Employers have awarded only modest pay rises over recent years, but what do they have in store for 2019? XpertHR managing editor for pay and HR practice Sheila Attwood joins us to discuss what organisations are planning on the pay front in 2019, including the likely level of pay awards and the factors that are putting pressure on organisations to make higher or lower increases.

Presenter Laura Merrylees is joined by Sheila Attwood. Edited and produced by Chris Bryant.

Podcast: Gender pay gap reporting - what we have learnt so far
October 18, 2018 06:49 AM PDT
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XpertHR reward consultant Penne Cecil-Hutton joins us to share her insight into the steps employers are taking to address or improve the gender pay gap within their organisations, and the most common queries that employers have with preparing or interpreting gender pay gap figures.

We also round up what employers need to do to prepare for the next date of publication of gender pay gap reports in 2019.

Podcast: Postponing disciplinary and grievance hearings following Talon
October 04, 2018 01:15 AM PDT
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In the recent decision of Talon Engineering Ltd v Smith, the Employment Appeal Tribunal upheld an earlier tribunal finding that an employer's refusal to postpone a disciplinary hearing because of the unavailability of the employee's companion led to the employee being unfairly dismissed.

Consultant editor, Darren Newman, explains the background to the case and its legal implications. We go on to discuss what employers can take from this decision and how they should be handling postponement requests as a result.

Presenter Laura Merrylees is joined by Darren Newman.

Podcast: XpertHR's key HR metrics and what we can learn from them
September 20, 2018 07:29 AM PDT
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Senior HR practice editor Noelle Murphy discusses the trends in key HR metrics gathered by XpertHR for over a decade. We cover movements in sickness absence rates, labour turnover - including rates among employees with less than 12 months' service - and changes in the ratio of HR practitioners to employees, and consider what these changes mean for HR and the wider business.

Presenter Laura Merrylees is joined by Noelle Murphy. Edited and produced by Chris Bryant

Podcast: Mental health first-aiders
September 06, 2018 06:09 AM PDT
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Embedding an effective mental health first-aid structure in your organisation is a key step to ensuring the mental wellbeing of your workforce.

Mental health first-aid instructor and management trainer, Peter Larkum, takes you through what you need to know about mental health first aid at work.

Podcast: What employers need to know about Brexit
August 09, 2018 07:41 AM PDT
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Louise Haycock, a senior manager at Fragomen and updating author at XpertHR, outlines where all things Brexit stand as of now for employers, what the end of free movement will mean for current and future employees from the European Economic Area and the implications of a "no deal" Brexit.

Louise also covers what steps HR can take to reassure any employees who may be directly affected by the end of free movement between the UK and the EU and key dates around the process.

Presenter Noelle Murphy is joined by Louise Haycock. Edited and produced by Chris Bryant.

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