The 12 months of 2018: May

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It's been an eventful year for HR-related issues hitting the headlines. Our 12 Days of Christmas countdown revisits each month's most notable happenings

Report urges crackdown on bad employers

A report by the government-backed Labour Market Enforcement body made recommendations to tackle forced labour and other forms of modern slavery. The report revealed 17 sectors where abuse – ranging from wage theft to slavery – is most acute. Separate research found that modern slavery increased by 35% year on year, with the UK being used as one of the biggest destinations for labour trafficking.

Work-related mental health cases hit record high

There were approximately 431,000 self-reported work-related mental health cases in the UK in 2016-17 – the highest number on record – according to the research. Employees stated that they believed their job had caused or worsened their mental health issues.

While organisations recognised the importance of addressing mental health, few had policies to support workers. For example, 60% of companies in the manufacturing sector carry out a physical risk assessment but just 15% assess work risk to mental health.

The best bits of HR magazine in May...

Time’s up on sexual harassment

The topic of sexual harassment crops up with depressing regularity. But there are things the government and employers can do to change things for good, our May cover story finds.

Tackling Westminster’s harassment and bullying problem

Former leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom shared her plans for dealing with sexual harassment in Westminster.

The challenges of employing people with autism

Ian Iceton explores the challenges people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) face in the workplace, and how organisations can improve their approach.

Address flexible working to tackle gender pay gaps

Flexible working is a significant issue for organisations seeking to tackle their pay gaps, and some have been more progressive than others, says Mandy Coalter, director of people at United Learning.

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