9 Jan 2018

A round-up of developments in UK employment law which HR teams need to know about.

Towards the start of last year, I suggested that the future of work was likely to be the biggest topic of 2017.

In the 12 months since then, Taylor Vinters has made a significant contribution to thought leadership in this area. We listened to the experiences and priorities of our clients and factored these into our own thinking. We put forward detailed submissions to Matthew Taylor’s Review of Modern Employment Practices and engaged with BEIS as it considers how best to approach the Review’s findings and recommendations. And yet we have only just scratched the surface…

In 2018, we will move the debate forward with our own series of events, under the umbrella of The Zebra Project. This will bring together business leaders, creative thinkers, academics and visionaries to shape the future world of work. It all begins with the official launch in London on 18 January, with Matthew Taylor among a stellar cast of speakers and panellists. We would really welcome your input and engagement with this exciting project, as it evolves throughout the year.

As a taster, I recommend taking a look at our new video series on the future of work. It has been a great opportunity to speak with some really interesting people on a broad range of subjects, including a discussion with ThoughtRiver CEO Tim Pullan on how artificial intelligence can change business. More content is being added regularly so please share and subscribe to the series.

This is complemented by articles this month on the potential benefits and pitfalls of AI in the workplace, and some common traits we see in the most innovative HR Directors.

With all of this going on, it is easy to overlook that we are now less than five months away from the General Data Protection Regulation coming into force. Rachel Ashwood and Dominic Wrench examine two recent reports of data breaches and explain what employers can learn from them. You can also hear Rachel in conversation with me on the latest episode of our HR ListenIn podcast, handing out some top tips to help employers prepare for the GDPR.

Finally, we have our usual insight and analysis on a range of topics that are relevant to anyone dealing with HR and employment law issues. These include some top tips on dealing with absence management from Kim Wedral-Rooke, whom we are delighted to welcome back from maternity leave.

I wish you a very successful and prosperous 2018.

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