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Influential 2021 We share the top practitioners and thinkers in HR
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Most Influential 2021: top practitioners and thinkers On 19 October HR magazine unveiled its 2021 HR Most Influential (HRMI) rankings at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Now in its 15th year, HR Most Influential, in partnership with HireRight, recognises the HR practitioners and thinkers who go above and beyond the day job to advance the HR profession and share best practice with the wider HR community.
Everyone on the shortlist is nominated by their peers, with ranking completed by HR magazine and Hult International Business School (Ashridge).
Reflecting the seismic change the industry and the UK have undergone over the past two years, for 2021 HR magazine decided to cast the net wider and ask a wider range of individuals from across the public, private and third sectors to nominate their top HR practitioners and thinkers. By doing this, we created the most diverse and inclusive list in the event’s history.
Shereen Daniels, managing director of HR Rewired, topped the HRMI Thinker list.
In her acceptance speech, Daniels said she believes HR has the opportunity to lead the charge where race and other areas of change are concerened.
“HR has an amazing opportunity with the way the world is changing, whether that’s because of stakeholder capitalism, whether it’s mitigating the impact on the environment or thinking about how we engage with communities differently, how we hold ourselves to account within a corporate governance capacity,” she said.
Eugenio Pirri, chief people and culture officer at Dorchester Collection, came top of the HRMI Practitioners list.
Accepting the accolade he said: “To say that I am shocked and humbled would truly be an understatement.
“I am very honoured to have been on the HR most influential list for many years but to have achieved this status is really something that I could never have imagined.”
Supreme Court confirms employers’ right to change contracts if negotiation fails The 27 October ruling of Kostal UK vs Dunkley cleared up details of employers’ rights when it comes to collective bargaining with trade unions. Though employer Kostal ultimately lost the case, the majority of the Supreme Court agreed that, if negotiations fail and the collective bargaining process is over, trade unions do not have the right to reject changes to employee terms and conditions.
Summarising the case, Jonathan Tuck, employment practice partner at Baker McKenzie, said: “Although Kostal lost on the facts, the majority of the Supreme Court rejected the claimant’s broader arguments on collective bargaining.
In a tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) the Court ruled that in this case, collective bargaining was still going when Kostal made two direct offers to employees, therefore breaching section 145B of the 1992 Trade Union and Labour Relations Act.
“The decision confirms that employers can legitimately make direct offers to employees, so long as they first exhaust their collective bargaining processes, and provides useful clarity on when they can engage directly with the workforce on changing terms and conditions.
“It underlines the importance of following the agreed process, but confirms that ultimately, trade unions cannot veto changes to terms and conditions when negotiations have failed.” A
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