A Return to Homeworking

After several weeks of the government campaigning for people to return to the office in hope to boost economy recovery, The Prime Minister is now urging those who can work effectively from home to do so. This comes as the coronavirus alert level was upgraded from three to four indicating levels of virus transmission are on the rise. To help reduce......

The office is open for business – or is it?

The Government is encouraging people to get back to the office as schools have reopened while ministers warn that continuing to work from home could make staff ‘vulnerable’ to being sacked.  Whilst there are obvious benefits to people returning to the workplace, from improving mental health to boosting the city economies, statements like this......

Communicating with employees on furlough

Many employers in the UK will continue to make use of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) until it ends on 31 October. By this point, employers and employees are generally aware of what the term furlough means and how it works. The issue we tend to find comes up most frequently, however, is a lack of communication from employers to their em......

Dealing with flexible working requests

As the country starts to reopen and people return to work, there may be a wealth of flexible working requests being made by staff for employers to consider. An O2 commissioned report published in May, based on an ICM study of 2,019 workers in the UK and a YouGov survey of 4,509 (of whom 2,394 were workers) found that 33% expected to increase the a......

Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“furlough scheme”)

On 12 May, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention, or “furlough” Scheme was to be extended, providing additional support for wages until October. In that announcement, he said that the scheme under current rules would be extended until the end of July, but thereafter there would be a winding down of the scheme, wit......

Managing Teams Remotely

You may have a mix of people working for your business i.e. those working from home, those currently on furlough and those continuing to attend the workplace while maintaining social distancing. Managing teams effectively in these times is so important and relying on old methods might not cut the mustard. With more employees seemingly returning fro......

Webinar – Returning to work in a COVID-19 era: a Q&A

As the UK has passed the peak of infections, employers around the country are asking, how do we return our staff to work? COVID-19 has required all businesses in every sector to make changes and to adapt to the current circumstances. In some instances staff have been asked to go on to furlough leave, to take unpaid leave, to work reduced hours and......

Employees reluctant to return to work during the virus outbreak and after Furlough

While we at Ashtons HR Consulting are all working from home, some businesses are continuing and require their employees to go into the workplace. We have had a few enquiries regarding employees who are reluctant or refusing to return to work, either following a period of sickness or Furlough, during the current Coronavirus outbreak because they ar......

Providing a safe working environment during the coronavirus outbreak and the possible consequences of failing to protect your employees

Technology giant Amazon could be under threat of legal action from New York’s Attorney General following claims of the dismissal of an employee who organised a walkout in protest at the company’s handling of the coronavirus. As we hear about workers from Amazon sites across the world, including Italy and France, leaving over concerns of current wo......

Twitter Poll – Will your business allow homeworking once the lockdown is lifted?

Will your business be more prepared to allow homeworking once the COVID-19 lockdown is lifted?  Please click here and complete the Ashtons HR Consulting Twitter poll.  We will share the results at a later date. 

Resilience and Coronavirus

This is a worrying time for everyone. For businesses, for families, for the vulnerable, for children not able to go to school. There seems to be no escaping the current situation, but it seems as though some appear to be handling things better than others. Often this comes down to how resilient people are. Resilience is an essential life skill whic......

Successful constructive dismissal claim for Secretary who was asked to be involved in discriminatory recruitment process

In a recent case heard at a Bristol Employment Tribunal, Hobbs v Avon Care Homes, a secretary has successfully claimed constructive unfair dismissal after being asked to be involved in discriminatory recruitment practices. Hobbs and recruiting manager, Rea had found a suitable candidate for a Care Home Manager vacancy. Managing Director, Bila was......

After several weeks of the #government campaigning for people to return to the office in hope to boost #economic re… https://t.co/fFePuroM3q
Our #OnlineTraining course on #Employee Investigations is not to be missed! This interactive course gives line mana… https://t.co/4wPySGn1ZR
We take a look at what is reasonable behaviour by #employers in relation to getting their #employees back to the… https://t.co/QvtBLGATVC