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In the news: June 2023

A short summary of some of the coverage featuring the Partners& team in the wellbeing, benefits, pensions, protection, and Human Resources media during June 2023…

The Partners& team are now firmly established as a regular – and insightful – provider of expert commentary across a range of specialist media titles.

Below is a summary of just some of the key themes we have commented on in the month of June 2023 (with links embedded for those wishing to read the full article).


AI:  There’s a storm coming…

So how significant is the rise of Artificial intelligence (AI) in 2023, and will it really change the face of employment and the British workplace?  Steve Herbert provides some useful thoughts and a little perspective in his monthly contribution to the Employer News website.

Publication:  Employer News


The MOVEit cyber-attack

Staff at some of the UK’s biggest employers – including the BBC, Boots, and British Airways (BA) – will all be rightly concerned at the potential loss of their personal data to cyber criminals as part of the widely reported MOVEit hack.  This incident reminds employers of all sizes of the importance of cyber security, cyber insurance, and employee data and access risks.  Our topic experts (Matthew Clark and Steve Herbert) were quoted in several different publications on this important theme.

Publications:  HR Magazine, Personnel Today, People Management, Employer News


Remote quitting

With quiet quitting on the rise, People Management magazine considers the consequences of employees who unexpectedly fail to turn up to work, resign via text message, or ghost their employer as they depart.  This interesting article includes thoughts and insights from the Partners& team.

Publication:  People Management Magazine  


The value of trade bodies

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has been through some turbulent times of late, and some former CBI corporate supporters are now looking to alternative trade bodies to represent them.  But should the CBI be given another chance, and does the choice of a multi-sector trade body have to be a binary one?  Steve Herbert’s personal thoughts on this complex and still sensitive issue were selected to lead the LinkedIn debate.

Publication:  LinkedIn


Amazon’s new term-time and flexible part-time contracts

Online retail giant Amazon recently announced that employees would have the option of term-time only working or a flexible 80-hour-a-month part-time contract.  As the dust settles on these announcements, Partners& consider the appeal to employees of such new flexibilities, whilst also highlighting some potential red flags for employer and employee alike.

Publication:  HR Review


Borrowing costs

The Bank of England’s 13th consecutive increase in base rates has led to renewed fears of mortgage arrears, a housing slump, and even a possible recession.  Some argue that these problems can be avoided by government fiscal intervention, yet this personal LinkedIn post (which also featured in the UK LinkedIn news forum) from our own Steve Herbert points out that borrowing costs are a more tricky problem to resolve than the energy price spike of 2022.

Publication:  LinkedIn


That’s it for this month, but we will (of course) continue to regularly update our followers with our latest posts, comments, research, and thoughts.