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......

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......

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