HR & Employment Law Hot Topics

Many issues which have been on the back-burner over the past couple of years are starting to resurface. Below we take a look at some HR & employment law hot topics.

Flexible Working

Recent years have seen major demographic changes in the workplace with more women, single parents, dual-earning families and employees with caring responsibilities forming part of the workforce. To accommodate the needs of these groups, and maximise the potential of this talent pool, flexible arrangements are crucial when considering how much time is worked, as well as when and where work is done.

This short Flexible Working e-learning course explains the benefits of flexible working to employees and organisations, describes the legislation affecting flexible working, acknowledge the conditions that employees must meet under the Employment Act 2002 to qualify for flexible working, outline some typical flexible working arrangements and acknowledge important factors to consider when introducing flexible working to the organisation.

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Diversity, Equality & Discrimination

Diversity and equality are terms that are often used, this Diversity & Equality e-learning course sets out to discover what they actually mean and why they are so important both in and out of the workplace. The course covers:

  • Diversity & Equality Learning Objectives
  • Explain the difference between equality and diversity
  • Acknowledge the importance of equality and diversity in and out of work
  • List the protected characteristics
  • List the different types of Prohibited Conduct
  • Explain the link between the strands of equality and the benefits of diversity

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Data Protection

Data protection assures that data is not corrupted, is accessible for authorised purposes only, and is in compliance with applicable legal or regulatory requirements. Protected data should be available when needed and usable for its intended purpose.

This Data Protection 2018 e-learning course explains what the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018) is and how to comply with it. The short course includes:

  • Key definitions, incl. ‘Data controllers’ and ‘Data processors’
  • Personal data and special categories of personal data
  • The seven data protection principles
  • Lawful bases for processing personal data
  • Individual rights
  • Accountability and governance
  • Transfer of data
  • Processing for the purpose of law enforcement
  • Personal data breaches
  • Children’s personal data
  • Exemptions

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Maternity & Parental Leave

During pregnancy and the period following childbirth both mothers and fathers receive a significant degree of legal protection against workplace disadvantage. This protection seeks to avoid discrimination, work stress and financial difficulty through anti-discrimination law, statutory entitlements to leave and financial benefits. In return, those concerned have responsibilities, primarily in respect of keeping their employer notified of their wishes and intentions.

This Maternity Leave course aims to enable learners to understand the full range of rights and responsibilities of mothers-to-be, mothers and fathers during the time they are in paid employment.

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The whistleblowing charity Public Concern at Work states that, “Effective whistleblowing arrangements are a key part of good governance. A healthy and open culture is one where people are encouraged to speak out, confident that they can do so without adverse repercussions, confident that they will be listened to, and confident that appropriate action will be taken. This is to the benefit of organisations, individuals and society as a whole.” This short Whistleblowing course will enable the learner to understand what whistleblowing is, how to blow the whistle and what protections there are for those who do so.

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