Government moves to end Covid isolation requirements

14 February 2022

On 9 February 2022, Boris Johnson announced that he expects to end all Covid restrictions in England by the end of February. The current regulations, including the legal requirement for Covid cases to self-isolate for at least five full days and for SSP to be paid from day one for Covid-related absences, are in place until 24 March 2022.

Parliamentary debate on workplace support for endometriosis

11 February 2022

On 9 February 2022, the House of Commons held a parliamentary debate to discuss the current lack of support for employees who suffer from endometriosis. The disease affects one in 10 women, and those assigned female at birth, from puberty to menopause. Around 1.5 million people in the UK are living with the condition and experience symptoms such as chronic pelvic pain, bladder and bowel problems, heavy and painful periods, fatigue, depression or anxiety, abdominal bloating and nausea, and difficulties getting pregnant.

Civil court claim risks for employers

9 February 2022

Many employers are concerned that their employees will raise a claim against them to the employment tribunal, so do everything possible to mitigate risks and avoid this happening. However, it’s important to remember that even where there may not be viable employment tribunal claims, employees, workers, self-employed individuals and trade unions may still be able to take action against organisations through the civil court system. Two recent cases have highlighted this issue well, both on the topic of pay.

Government announces new Brexit Freedom Bill

4 February 2022

Two years on from “Getting Brexit Done”, the Government has marked the occasion with the announcement of a new “Brexit Freedoms Bill”. A campaigner for Brexit and freedom from EU regulation, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Government has declared their intention to review all retained EU law and identify areas within which reform needs to be prioritised so as to reassert UK sovereignty by “unlocking growth” in ways tailored to the UK market.

Mandatory Covid vaccines under review

3 February 2022

The Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, threw many employers in the care sector into confusion with his announcement that the Government would be consulting on the removal of the vaccine mandate for those in health and social care.

Alcohol in the workplace

31 January 2022

Gudrun Limbrick considers what responsibility employers have to spot and tackle alcoholism among their employees.

Valentine’s Day — what does HR need to know?

28 January 2022

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate romance and relationships; however it might not be all hearts and flowers for employers and HR teams. Celebrating the occasion can lead to an increase in claims of sexual harassment at work, especially due to the increasing awareness and understanding within this area.

Reopening the workplace: A time for a closer look at hybrid working?

21 January 2022

As of 19 January 2022, the UK Government Plan B requirement for working from home where possible was lifted. Many employers acted quickly in getting staff back into the office, with increased traffic and rail service use seen in the immediate days after. But is this the start of a return to pre-pandemic ways of working, when only around 5% of the UK workforce worked mainly from home and 65% of employers did not even offer this as an option, or will the lessons taken from the pandemic continue and flexibility become the norm?

Getting to grips with adaptive learning

19 January 2022

One of the predictions for 2022 was that personalised learning experiences would become more frequent. The key to providing personalised learning experiences lies in using adaptive learning and, in particular, adaptive learning technologies. In the first of two articles, Judith Christian-Carter takes a look at adaptive learning, focusing on what it is and when it can be used to most benefit.