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Focus on…Flexible working

Flexible working has never been more relevant than during, and after, the pandemic. Employers had to adapt quickly to enable people to work from home and now that employees have seen it can be done, […]

UK employment law cases spotlight – March 2022

Our legal team has come together to compile a rundown of employment law cases – including the background and decisions made – that HR and employee relations (ER) professionals should be aware of. Ljegede v […]

Suzanne Wrench joins esphr as associate solicitor

We have bolstered our ESP Law team with the appointment of accomplished associate solicitor, Suzanne Wrench. Since qualifying with Walker Morris in 2005, employment law specialist Suzanne has amassed more than 15 years’ industry experience which has […]

Government introduces temporary visas to overcome labour crisis

The UK is currently experiencing a worker shortage across many sectors, most notably HGV drivers which has been brought into focus during the recent issues affecting petrol stations and supermarkets. With a series of product […]

In an employee market, are employers doing enough – not only to attract new talent, but to retain existing staff too?

Charlotte Morris, senior solicitor for esphr, explains how the current fuel crisis has highlighted long standing complaints from HGV drivers amid concerns about pay and working conditions – and how this is not the only […]

Continuation of adjusted right to work checks

During the Covid crisis, employers have been able to carry out adjusted checks on prospective employees to comply with their duty to prevent illegal working. The Home Office has allowed for employers to carry out […]

Is unconscious bias present in all organisations?

The majority of modern-day employers have equality and diversity policies in place and, although the application of these – and their importance – differs from organisation to organisation, the general principles remain. These policies seek […]

Mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations – what care home managers must know

Following the Government’s announcement that it intends to require care organisation employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the legislation is expected to be enacted later this year and take effect in October 2021. That […]

What hospitality HR hurdles should professionals have on their radar?

With the restrictions on day-to-day ‘lockdown life’ being gradually lifted, the hospitality sector is opening up and finding that there is a significant shortage of workers. Brexit, combined with the displacement of many people through […]

Five key employee relations challenges for the property industry

With government guidance and rules relaxing across the country in relation to Covid-19 restrictions, businesses in all sectors are welcoming employees back into the workplace. However, what should an employer do if an employee – […]

Acas report – Estimating the cost of workplace conflict

Workplace conflict is costing UK employers a staggering £28.5 billion, according to a recent Acas report. Published by Professor Richard Saundry, from the University of Sheffield Management School, and Professor Peter Urwin of the Centre […]

How to hire a worker who needs a visa

Following the end of the transition period post-Brexit, employers recruiting from outside the UK must ensure the prospective employee holds a valid visa to work in the UK before they start employment. Whilst, in some […]

Employers must prioritise Employee Relations as part of Covid-19 recovery

Organisations that fail to recognise the importance of Employee Relations (ER), could create much deeper workforce issues for themselves – far beyond the coronavirus crisis – warns a senior employment solicitor. During the pandemic, Charlotte […]

What matters in the first 90 days of an employment lawyer?

Starting a new role can be daunting at the best of times, but when it comes to a career in employment law, there is more to the job than simply being aware of ever-evolving legislation. […]

Guest blog: How brand plays a crucial role in organisational development

To affect change within a company during times of flux, an HR director may have a larger role to play than most – even when it comes to the role of brand in organisational development… […]