The 12 months of 2017: October

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For our 12 Days of Christmas countdown we look at the most interesting HR happenings over the last year

Harvey Weinstein accused of sexual assault

In October the allegations regarding American film producer and co-founder of Miramax Harvey Weinstein, came to light. Weinstein is accused of numerous instances of sexual abuse, harassment and rape by more than 60 women that he met through the course of his work. He now faces criminal charges and investigations from London, New York and LA police.

Weinstein has denied that anything non-consensual happened between himself and his accusers.

Parents who lose a child to get paid leave

Employed parents who lose a child will have the right to two weeks’ paid leave to allow them time to grieve, the government announced in October. The proposed new law will support those whose child dies when under the age of 18. Currently, employees only have a day-one right to take a 'reasonable' amount of unpaid time off to deal with an emergency involving a dependant, including making arrangements following a death. As a result, what constitutes a 'reasonable' period varies between workplaces.

The best bits of HR magazine in October:

HRD's pocket guide to... Scrum

October's pocket guide breaks down the Scrum working process. “Since many teams are now wanting to work with Scrum, HR can support by assigning people to small teams, preferably co-located, with some promise of stability,” explains Yael Grushka-Cockayne, associate professor of business administration at the University of Virginia.

The unsung heroes of HR

The academics and practitioners who make up our HR Most Influential rankings, sponsored by Open University Business School, are leading the way in what could be uncertain times. Check out who made this list in 2017, and explore the debate of what constitutes HR practitioner, and thinker, influence in in our current climate.

Five things you need to know about GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be enforceable in the UK from May 2018, updating the way businesses must handle personal data, including what they hold on employees. How is this going to affect HR professionals?

Don’t let LinkedIn's green dot bring out the green-eyed monster

The latest LinkedIn update, its new ‘active status’ feature, has divided users. A little green dot that will now signal when users are active online has got people thinking: ‘If I can tell when my team are online does that mean they are looking for new jobs?’

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