Risk and Compliance

Keeping Compliant

Remote and hybrid workforce models add another layer of risk and complexity.

By Simon Kent

The challenge of delivering compliance across a remote and now increasingly hybrid workforce is summed up by Robert Hicks, group HR director at Reward Gateway: “The easiest way to think about it is if you have 100 staff, you have 100 locations, and you need to make sure each one is managed as you would just one location,” he says.

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COVID-based Claims

New research finds that organisations should be ready for a litany of claims based on COVID-19 mismanagement.

By Debbie Bolla

Organisations are anticipating COVID-related litigations to skyrocket this year, with Gallagher finding that seven in 10 claims management companies already reported receiving claims based on COVID-19. Even further, of those claims management companies that haven’t received claims yet, three-quarters (76%) said they were expecting an increase over the coming months. The research also anticipates that claims will cause a 40% rise in litigation compared to previous years.

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Workplace Cybercrime: On the Rise

The shift to remote working has put organisations at increased risk.

By The Editors

As the COVID-19 pandemic forced the U.K. and the world at large to issue regional lockdowns, businesses had to swiftly move to remote work environments. The heavy reliance on technology paired with the rate at which the transformation was required has opened organisations up to potential risk: cybercrime.

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Vaccinating the Workforce

Four key considerations to build an informed workplace policy.

By Kate Hill

While COVID-19 vaccines have instilled a sense of hope in the business community, they have also brought numerous questions for many employers and employees. In what is largely uncharted territory, HR professionals and business leaders are struggling with how to implement a vaccine policy for their workplace that prioritizes employee health and safety while protecting the business against any potential risks.

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Safety in Numbers

Providing essential workers with reliable tools and personalized guidance around COVID-19 ensures safety while deepening employee engagement.

By Katy Bruya

Washington Trust Bank (WTB) is known for its commitment to employees and clients in the Northwestern U.S. When COVID-19 first registered in Washington State, it was clear that the HR team had to act quickly to figure out the scope of the issue, what impact it could have on the community, and what they needed to do.

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A Trace of Protection

Organizations are recognizing and responding to the critical importance of contact tracing in the age of COVID-19.

By Miguel Martinez

The concept of contact tracing—identifying those who may have come into contact with an infected person—has been around for some time now. Contact tracing is an essential tool for epidemiologists, public health experts, and medical professionals to manage and mitigate outbreaks of infectious diseases like Ebola and swine flu.

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CEO’s Letter: (Heavy Sigh) #Him…Too

HRO Today

By Elliot H. Clark

Here we go again. Yes, I am going to take on the case of Governor Andrew Cuomo. This is another sad example that we are not in the “post” #MeToo era. Sexual harassment continues to be a front and center social issue and HR is right in the middle of it.

I want to stay away from the politics. It seems that today politicians sometimes rush to defend allies and attack opponents regardless of the facts at hand. This case should not be about who is red and who is blue. It should be about what is right, what is wrong, and the law. And recently, the laws in the state of New York have changed.

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New Best Practices

Organisations are taking exceptional measures to ensure the safety of office environments.

By Simon Kent

As the pandemic eases, the experience of countries, cities, and companies across the APAC region continues to be diverse. However, encouraging and supporting the emerging hybrid workforce—split between home and work—means employers now need to create a safe environment for those who wish to return.

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A New Chapter

The finalisation of Brexit is creating compliance challenges for U.K.-based companies that rely on international talent.

By Simon Kent

In the closing days of 2020, the U.K. and EU finalised the deal that would see Brexit achieved. Now that the agreement is in place, however, questions still remain as to how international talent can be managed. Recently, the entertainment sector drew attention to the absence of an easy pathway that would allow musicians and performers to tour the continent. Over the next few months, it is likely that similar issues governing international movement will emerge as both geographies get used to their new relationship.

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Obstacles Ahead

Maintaining compliance gets complicated, but understanding these seven regulatory issues will make a big difference for HR.

By Mike Trabold

2021 is poised to be another year of fast-paced regulatory change, with another round of COVID-19 relief and the priorities of a new presidential administration coming into focus. Several items on the docket will impact HR processes, policies, and operations in businesses both big and small across the country.

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