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February employment law round up

February employment law round up

Welcome to another issue of the Employment Law Round-up. It’s my last one before I temporarily down tools to spend three months of shared parental leave with my baby boy.

A few very interesting articles caught my eye this month, several a bit different from the usual flow of Working From Home and Four Day Work Week pieces (although there are always more of those, and podcasts too!).

This was a great article on how the ambiguity of how Brits use the English language can make life confusing and challenging for non-native speakers, a particular problem for employers with a global workforce.

The BBC’s Worklife platform consistently serves up insightful content on workplace issues. This month, for example, they published a thought-provoking article explaining why women are often disadvantaged when promotions are made on (perceived) ‘potential’ and another great piece on the impact of the ‘sophomore slump of adulthood’ on the world of work.

I also liked this take on one of the challenges associated with the shift to working from home, which argues that having a ‘clock out’ routine can help to reintroduce the separation between work and homelife that many feel they have lost a result of the pandemic.

This piece argues quite convincingly against having ‘working managers’ within the workforce, arguing instead that managers should be freed up to focus solely on management rather than being expected to get their hands dirty on a day-to-day basis.

The FT had an insight into which are the ‘happiest jobs’ with the best pay. HR managers will be pleased to see that they made the cut, coming in second behind corporate recruiters!

This is a fairly sprawling piece that argues that housing shortages in the Western world are to blame for all sorts of societal challenges. It covers a lot of ground, but there are some very interesting insights into the effect of housing supply on working patterns and locations. Worth a read.

I enjoyed this article written from a US perspective but with some useful insights for the UK, on how to handle remote terminations in a sensitive and reasonable way – an increasing challenge for HR professionals working in remote environments.

Finally, for something more contemplative, see this lovely poetic piece musing on where we go to work.


Adios, for now…