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......

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......

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......

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. 

Inclement Weather

This time of year is full of excitement, anticipating the festivities and prospect of a New Year. However, this is often coupled with inclement weather and travel disruption. We would encourage you to plan for this eventuality as reports are suggesting that we could experience another record cold period in January and February 2020.  The Prac......

Setting boundaries and expectations for your Christmas party

Whatever your views, Christmas is in sight; the temperature is dropping and we’re starting to get into the festive spirit. Often when spreading festive cheer and seasonal greetings there is bound to be alcohol and Christmas parties involved. As HR Professionals, we all enjoy the festivities, but it is important to set boundaries in the workplace an......

Wearing poppies in the workplace

The remembrance poppy has been used since 1921 to commemorate those who gave their lives in war fighting for their country, but in recent years it has become the centre of some controversy. With high profile celebrities opting not to wear a poppy and employers banning staff from wearing poppies at work, here we look at what the law says about wear......

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