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The relationship between HR and finance has become a lot closer and more collaborative over the past three years, according to a global survey by professional services group EY. 



A new system of statutory parental rights will be introduced next year, which will inevitably place additional administrative burdens on employers. However, administration is not the only reason employers should ensure they properly understand the implications of the new regime. Tom Kerr Williams and Jennifer Holyoake explore another key issue: will employers now be obliged to introduce a policy for enhanced shared parental pay that mirrors any existing enhanced maternity pay?


With so many indications of economic improvement, it might be easy to assume that every employer is setting out plans for growth.

But as XpertHR’s latest snapshot of HR roles and responsibilities indicates, it’s clear that the differences between the private and public sector in this regard are stark.




Male maintenance staff at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David have won an equal pay claim after successfully arguing that they were paid less than women who were on the same pay scale. Stephen Simpson rounds up employment tribunal rulings reported in the Easter fortnight.


THE PROPORTION of women employed in the UK has struck another all-time record high, as the workplace gender gap continues to narrow.

In the three months to February, the proportion of women aged 16 to 64 in the UK who are employed rose 0.5 percentage points to 67.6 per cent. The figure brings women within 10 percentage points of men, of whom 77.6 per cent were employed during the same period.


There was a time when corporate social responsibility (CSR), comprised a series of well-meaning “initiatives” such as cutting company car carbon emissions, painting local schools or a day out of the office volunteering.

These days, it is a far more sophisticated activity that increasingly focuses on offering jobs, training and work experience to help give disadvantaged people a stepping stone into work. For employers, this can be a means to address skills shortages in their own workforce, creating a mutual benefit.


Every spring, along with warmer weather and lighter evenings, comes the latest instalment of legislative change for employers and 2014 is no different. Early conciliation is the headline law change, but are you prepared for the others? We provide a six-point employment law checklist.


Fifteen senior women prosecutors have successfully sued the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) in Northern Ireland for sex discrimination.

Coalition intentions to “cut red tape” for employers may be at risk, after draft Regulations for shared parental leave were widely described as complex by employment law experts.


Recent research by XpertHR found that businesses spend around 10% of the total paybill on employee benefits, and that around four in 10 expect this spend to increase over the coming year.




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