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    Workers’ right to picket continues under lockdown

    Shutterstock Workers taking lawful industrial action continue to have the right to picket their workplace during Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, following a legal challenge by trade union Unite. A judicial review was due to be heard at the High Court on Friday (13 November) against the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police and the Secretary of […] More

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    CIPD ACE: Focus on listening skills to encourage ‘speak up’ culture

    Leaders need to ensure they are approachable Photo: Shutterstock To create a true ‘speak up’ culture, organisations need to stop trying to fix individuals’ behaviours and focus on how leaders listen to employees, according to a leadership and organisational dialogue expert. Speaking on the second day of the CIPD’s Annual Conference & Exhibition, Megan Reitz, […] More

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    How to dampen the conflict tinder box in lockdown

    Workplace conflict can bubble to the surface even when working at home. Photo: Shutterstock Team spirit is under strain as winter comes on amid a new lockdown. Employers need to implement new strategies to limit the risks of growing volatility, writes David Liddle, because the old tried and tested ones just won’t do anymore. Virtual […] More

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    BBC journalists banned from attending ‘controversial’ events

    Staff can attend ‘celebratory’ LGBT pride events, but not events that ‘compromise impartiality’. Image: Shutterstock BBC journalists are no longer able to attend events that may be ‘controversial’, including demonstrations about LGBT issues or Black Lives Matter protests. The rules on impartiality, which have been introduced alongside strict social media guidelines by BBC director general […] More

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    Technology Addresses Hourly Workers’ COVID-19-Related Challenges

    ​When Elaine Davis considered how she might ease some of the strain on her organization’s hourly workers during the coronavirus pandemic, her attention turned to the company’s pay cycles. Davis, chief human resources officer for Continuum Global Solutions, a customer care provider in Dallas, believed asking front-line workers to wait two weeks for pay was […] More

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    Rolls-Royce faces strike over Singapore production switch

    Paul Ellis/PA Archive/PA Images Workers at two UK Rolls-Royce factories are on the verge of strike action because of plans to move some production to Singapore. The engineering giant announced plans to cut 350 jobs in August and merge two plants in Barnoldswick, Lancashire. Now, the Unite union said its members would not allow the […] More

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    Top 10 HR questions September 2020: Testing, Brexit and redundancy

    Shutterstock As the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases rose in the last month, employers have been asking questions about testing for the virus. In September’s top ten FAQs, popular questions included those on whether employers can test their workforce and if they should disclose a colleague’s positive test result. Additionally, employers are turning their attention […] More