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Do General Elections prompt employment law change or is it all big promises?

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CIPD Chief Examiner Stephen Taylor reviews how General Elections promote legislative change. Cynicism about promised legislative change in the world of work is widespread in the UK right now. A General Election date has been set for 4 July 2024. In ...

Everyone back to the office - what can we learn from Manchester United’s approach?

By  3 Jun, 2024 10:29

Ben Willmott , CIPD’s Head of Policy, and employment law helpline provider CIPD HR-inform, look at the questions this has raised around risk and legislation. Manchester United hit the headlines last week with its push to get all staff bac...

Revised corporate governance code: Opportunities for HR

By  30 May, 2024 10:45

Susannah Haan , the CIPD’s Senior Corporate Governance Adviser, summarises the key changes in the revised code, the implications for boards, and where HR can add value The need for boards to recognise key workforce issues and the role of ...

UK employment law updates May 2024 – first worldwide rules on AI | flexible working and the menopause | General Election updates

By  29 May, 2024 09:37

In our May 2024 legal blog, the CIPD looks at how the EU’s agreed AI rules signal the first worldwide rules on artificial intelligence. We share how a flexible working request refusal transformed into a disability discrimination cl...

UK employment law updates April 2024 – Landmark Supreme Court ruling | ‘Fire and rehire’ legal framework imminent | New duty to prevent sexual harassment

By  1 May, 2024 16:05

In our April 2024 legal blog, the CIPD explores the landmark ruling from the Supreme Court in Mercer v Secretary of State for Business and Trade. Plus, while multiple new employment laws commenced this month, there are notable further changes b...

CIPD research shows continued struggle with bills and other commitments

By  15 Apr, 2024 16:16

Charles Cotton, CIPD's Senior Policy Advisor on performance and reward. Our latest CIPD Good Work Index survey finds a minor improvement in employees keeping up with bills and other commitments, but a sustained struggle overall. The propo...

UK employment law updates March 2024 – Sexism in the City ‘just the start’| Ruling on verbal requests for parental leave | Confusion over government guidance

By  28 Mar, 2024 12:05

In our March 2024 legal blog the CIPD explores how the financial industry’s Sexism in the City report may point to the tip of an ‘inappropriate NDAs iceberg’. We look to the clarification provided in cases of verbal request for unpa...

Reaction to the Inclusion at Work Panel’s report

By  25 Mar, 2024 15:37

Peter Cheese, the CIPD’s chief executive, reflects on the new report’s recommendations for improving diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The Inclusion at Work Panel, set up by Minister for Women and Equalities Kemi Badenoch th...

Assessing Labour’s plan to strengthen workers’ rights

By  12 Mar, 2024 14:01

Ben Willmott , Head of Public Policy, considers the Labour Party’s proposals to introduce ‘day one’ employment rights. As we look ahead to a general election, one of the big issues coming into sharper focus for employers i...

The 2024-25 Scottish Budget: Key takeaways for the profession

By  6 Mar, 2024 15:24

Last week, the Scottish Government’s 2024-25 Budget Bill passed its final Parliamentary vote. Marek Zemanik, Senior Public Policy Adviser at the CIPD, outlines some of the key decisions that impact the people profession. Headlines Nearly &pound...

International Women's Day 2024 - Celebrating women in the workplace

By  4 Mar, 2024 13:26

The CIPD’s Claire McCartney , Senior Policy Adviser, invites the UK Minister for Employment to highlight government initiatives to help women in work thrive. The CIPD has been working with UK Government departments and our members to sup...

UK employment law updates February 2024 – Everyone is talking about AI law| No more concessions for unwittingly employed illegal workers | Statutory Rates updates...

By  29 Feb, 2024 10:11

In our February 2024 legal blog, the CIPD explores the people profession’s legal obligations around AI, the increased fines and risk associated with employing an illegal worker (even unwittingly) and the upcoming Statutory Rates changes for 202...

Are we really too ‘woke’?

By  19 Feb, 2024 12:11

The principles of fairness, opportunity, tolerance and respect for difference, aren’t just important social values but have real importance in the world of work. However, we continue to see an ‘anti-woke’ pushback, confused by some ...

UK employment law updates January 2024 - Change to redundancy processes | New paternity leave rights | Remote working’s 'detrimental impact on the quality of work’ | Plus, the sustainability reporting rules that need to be on your radar

By  30 Jan, 2024 11:13

In our January 2024 legal blog the CIPD explores how significant changes to family-friendly measures coming this April will impact your workplace. We look at two tribunal cases which should be considered when assessing flexible working and discrimina...

History says AI will boost productivity, wages and employment

By  29 Jan, 2024 16:17

Jon Boys, Senior Labour Market Economist at the CIPD, examines how AI might impact automation, wages and employment During the Industrial Revolution in the late 1700s, economic growth exploded but curiously wages stagnated, a situation termed a...

Two decades of activity demonstrates the value of the CIPD Community to members

By  23 Jan, 2024 10:59

As the community turns 20, we asked Steve Bridger, Community Manager, and David D'Souza, Membership Director of the CIPD, about the significance of the discussion forum and what it means to those who’ve used it. The CIPD Comm...

UK Employment law updates: Changes for 2024: Increased rights to flexible working | A new statutory leave entitlements for carers | Plus a significant shift in employer's obligations to prevent sexual harassment

By  20 Dec, 2023 11:50

In our December legal blog, the CIPD summarises what UK employment law changes are on the horizon in 2024. This blog was updated on 1 January 2024. The details of this blog are accurate at the time of writing. The CIPD maintains updated record...

Laying the ground for the UK General Election

By  13 Dec, 2023 13:46

Peter Flack Lamb recaps the latest developments in UK politics and what they mean for CIPD engagement as we head into the next General Election In September, the CIPD published its proposals for improving work in the CIPD Manifesto for Good Work...

Navigating menopause in the workplace: insights from the Irish public sector

By  8 Dec, 2023 15:21

Author: Meg Dunphy, HR Policy & Engagement Manager, CIPD Introduction: Menopause awareness and supports in the workplace have never been more widely discussed. We were delighted to have Prof. Tom Garavan of University College Cork and...

We have to challenge head-on the belief that men are better suited than women to top jobs

By  4 Dec, 2023 14:22

Claire McCartney, Senior Policy Adviser, Resourcing and Inclusion Earlier this week, I was asked to respond to new survey findings , commissioned by the Young Women’s Trust and reported in the Guardian , that found that a significant minori...

Employment law updates: Deliveroo riders are not ’workers’| work-related stress can be a disability | Autumn Statement | Strikes Act

By  23 Nov, 2023 14:26

CIPD looks at employment law developments in October and November 2023 for England, Scotland and Wales. November has seen the return of a Supreme Court decision in Deliveroo vs Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB). Riders fo...

Significant Irish Case Law Updates

By  20 Nov, 2023 12:08

Author: Meg Dunphy, HR Policy & Engagement Manager, CIPD There have been two important cases in recent weeks that highlight the entitlements of employees. We have seen the first case to compare whether an employer’s sick pay scheme in ...

Fewer UK employers are worried about the cost-of-living crisis

By  10 Nov, 2023 10:46

Charles Cotton, Senior Policy Advisor on performance and reward, explores cost-of-living concerns for UK employers in light of Talk Money Week 2023. Comparing the results from the CIPD’s Autumn 2023 Labour Market Outlook which publishes on Mond...

Employment law updates: Deliveroo riders are not ’workers', work-related stress can be a disability, Autumn Statement, Strikes Act

By  27 Oct, 2023 13:50

CIPD summarises employment law developments in October and November 2023 for England, Scotland and Wales. November saw the return of a Supreme Court decision in Deliveroo vs Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB), concluding t...

Work is becoming less central to our lives

By  13 Oct, 2023 15:57

Jonny Gifford, interim Head of Research at the CIPD, explores changing attitudes towards work in the UK A new study by King’s College London has found that nearly one fifth of British people say work is not important in their life. This p...