Reward and possible discrimination during COVID-19

Avoid discrimination when making decisions in response to COVID-19 Despite the extraordinary nature of this situation, employers are still under legal obligations to ensure the decisions made in response to COVID-19 do not directly or indirectly discriminate against employees who hold protected characteristics. The protected characteristics covere......

EU Settlement Scheme: one year to go to apply for settled status

Today marks the countdown of one year to go for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme. This Scheme enables EU citizens and their family members who have been resident in the UK to apply for either settled or pre-settled status (depending on how long they have been in the UK to date) to enable them to remain resident in the UK and keep the same r......

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......

The implications of data protection when carrying out workplace testing for COVID-19

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, businesses have faced various challenges, and some will have needed to share information quickly or adapt their way of working. Regardless, the data protection law must be applied in the same way it was pre-covid19. Many businesses are now starting to prepare for reopening and welcoming employees back to the wo......

Dealing with holiday during a global pandemic

Clearly the holiday season is going to look a little different for 2020, but as the world starts to reopen and we move into the summer period, this will start to become more topical. Entitlement Employees and workers do continue to accrue holiday as normal, in accordance with their contract or the law whilst on furlough leave. You are also......

Varying contracts of employment

There are many reasons why a business would seek to vary the terms of someone’s contract of employment. Perhaps a business is relocating and so the place of work clause needs amending, or perhaps an individual has taken on a more senior role that comes with it a new job description and new post-termination restrictive covenants.  However, in......

How to deal with the HR implications of redundancy process during the pandemic

With Rishi Sunak’s announcement that the Coronavirus Job Retention or ‘Furlough’ scheme is to be phased out, employers who have been using this will be thinking about their next steps.  Unfortunately, for a lot of them it will mean making redundancies. The process for redundancies has not changed because of Coronavirus, however the way in whi......

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

With the lockdown easing slightly and more people encouraged to return to work, you need to be ensuring you are providing a COVID secure workplace. The Government has issued guidance on working safely during this time and has also introduced sector specific guidance. More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-du......

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......

Agile Working after Lockdown

As the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, briefs the nation on a gradual relaxing of the UK’s lockdown, many employers are starting to consider how best to bring employees back into the workplace. In our recent AHRC Twitter poll, an overwhelming 91.7% of respondents said their business would be more prepared to allow homeworking once the lockdown is li......

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