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Spotlight on The Woolpack

The Woolpack – Spotlight

4th Jul 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

The Woolpack The British Beer and Pub Association surveyed its members in May and found that 19,000 of 47,000 pubs believe they will go bankrupt without further Government help. With social distancing at 2m, it is expected to allow around 25% capacity, which means even when allowed to open, they believe it will be impossible to survive financially. Even those with gardens and outdoor space will struggle, especially once heading...

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Spotlight on The Hudson Group

Hudson Group LLP – Spotlight

2nd Jul 2020
Business, CoronavirusSpotlight

Hudson Group The Hudson Group has been supporting organisations to promote their brand since 1966. From promotional merchandise and clothing to vehicle graphics, printed materials and signage. A local company, employing 38 people, based on two sites in Suffolk, and one in the Midlands, providing support nationwide. When the Government announced on 20 March that entertainment, hospitality and leisure businesses were to close and that if you can work from...

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Easing of Lockdown - Step Three

Easing of Lockdown – Step Three

24th Jun 2020
BusinessCoronavirus

Easing Lockdown as at 23.06.20 Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced further easing of the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions as part of Step 3 of the Government’s plan to return life to as near normal as we can.  All businesses and venues can reopen from 4 July by following the updated guidelines. There are some exceptions from the latest relaxation plans which must remain closed in law, they are: Nightclubs Casinos Bowling...

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Full details of the Flexible Furlough Scheme as at 12.06.20

Full details of the Flexible Furlough Scheme as at 12.06.20

13th Jun 2020
Business, CoronavirusEmployment Law

Flexible Furlough Scheme Update A Coronavirus Job Retention scheme update was announced on 29th May and we have been eagerly awaiting the detail of the new Flexible Furlough Scheme which was posted on the Government website last night (12th June). Under the Flexible Furlough Scheme (FFS), to support the ease of the lock-down, the employee no longer needs to avoid doing any work for the employer but can work some...

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Parents returning to work after extended leave eligible for furlough

Parents eligible for furlough after extended leave

9th Jun 2020
Absence Management, CoronavirusEmployment Law

Parents eligible for furlough People on statutory paternity and maternity leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for the Government’s furlough scheme, HM Treasury announced today (9 June). parents on statutory maternity and paternity leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for furlough scheme even after 10 June cut-off date Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will close to new entrants at...

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Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Extension to the Job Retention Scheme Announced

29th May 2020
Business, Change Management, Coronavirus, Employment LawLeadership

Extension to the Job Retention Scheme Today (29‌‌ May) the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced further details about the extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and its impact on the furloughing arrangements. The key details in his announcement are are outlined below: Flexible furloughing From 1‌‌ July 2020, you’ll have the flexibility to bring previously furloughed employees back to work part-time – with the Government continuing to pay 80%...

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Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme Portal & Amendment to SSP Regulations

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme Portal & Amendment to SSP Regulations

28th May 2020
Business, Coronavirus, Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Human Resources, LeadershipPayroll

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme Portal & Amendment to SSP Regulations Employers will be able to make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme Portal from 26 May to reclaim SSP paid to current or former employees. The repayment will cover up to 2 weeks starting from the first qualifying day of sickness, if an employee is unable to work because they either: have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms cannot...

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Returning to work webinar

Returning to Work Webinar with Birketts

26th May 2020
Business, Change Management, Coronavirus, Employment LawLeadership

Returning to Work Webinar As the Government begins to ease lock-down measures for businesses, we need to prepare for the time when all business can fully return to work. Along with Birketts Solicitors we have prepared this Returning to Work webinar which discusses the legal, HR and Health and Safety aspects of Returning to Work. Charlotte Bate and Carole Burman, Directors of MAD-HR are joined by the Birketts team made...

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Covid-19 Preparing for a Return to the Workplace Flowchart

Coronavirus: Return to Work Flowchart & Checklist

21st May 2020
Business, CoronavirusLeadership

On 10 May 2020 the Government began to outline its plans to enable certain sectors in England to return to work, while the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have continued the period of lockdown. While employees who can operate from home are advised to continue to do so, official guidance on the Government's plans for returning to the workplace continue to emerge, including eight sets of guidance. This sector specific...

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Returning to Work after Lockdown

Returning to Work – In the New Norm’

21st May 2020
Change Management, Coronavirus, Human ResourcesLeadership

Returning to Work Right now, the focus for many businesses is to keep their organisation afloat, exhausting new sales opportunities and fighting other impacts and challenges being presented by the Coronavirus pandemic - like returning to work, at full capacity.  Businesses have to prepare for the longer-term impact and enabling employees to return to work in a safe way and provide a safe environment for them to work in, in what...

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Latest furlough and holiday pay guidance

Latest Furlough and Holiday Pay Guidance

14th May 2020
Business, Coronavirus, Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Human Resources, LeadershipPayroll

The Government has clarified issues relating to furlough and holiday pay in guidance published yesterday (13 May) by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy. While it was confirmed last month that furloughed workers could take annual leave without breaking furlough, many questions remained regarding whether an employer could require staff to take holiday, and the status of temporary and agency staff was also still unclear. What is great about...

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Coronavirus New ACAS Guidance on Disciplinary & Grievance Procedures

Coronavirus: New ACAS Guidance on Disciplinary & Grievance Procedures

13th May 2020
Business, Coronavirus, Employment LawLeadership

New ACAS Guidance on Disciplinary & Grievance Procedures As a result of the ongoing pandemic, ACAS have updated their guidance to employers so that there is clarity on the effect of social distancing on Disciplinary & Grievance Procedures. The employer needs to decide if it would still be fair and reasonable to carry on with or start a disciplinary or grievance procedure while: people are on temporary leave because of...

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ob Retention Scheme - extended to October 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended

12th May 2020
Business, CoronavirusLeadership

Job Retention Scheme Extended The Chancellor announced today (Tuesday 12 May 2020) that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended for all regions and sectors across the UK economy and will; continue until the end of October; furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500; and new flexibility will be introduced from August to get employees back to work and boost...

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Coronavirus Lockdown is Beginning to End

Coronavirus Lockdown is Beginning to End

12th May 2020
Business, CoronavirusLeadership

Coronavirus Lockdown is Beginning to End As the Government begins to share its plans to ease the lockdown and reopen workplaces, it is clear that leadership, trust and careful planning will play a vital role in this critical next phase of COVID-19. An incremental approach will be necessary as we transition to a new ‘COVID-19 secure’ way of living and working. To guide employers as they prepare to address the...

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Top-up to local business grant funds scheme

Local Business Grant Funds Scheme

2nd May 2020
Business, CoronavirusLeadership

Top-up to Local Business Grant Funds Scheme Announced 1 May 2020: If you were outside of the scope of the Covid-19 Business Grant funds scheme then the extra funding announced yesterday “could” be good news for you and your business. A discretionary fund has been set up to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme. Up to £617 million is being made available...

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Online Skills Toolkit Launched

Online Skills Toolkit Launched

28th Apr 2020
Business, CoronavirusLeadership

Online Skills Toolkit Launched The Department for Education, has launched a new online learning platform – the skills toolkit to build skills in the UK during the Coronavirus outbreak and beyond. With more people expected to be working and studying remotely in the coming months, the platform offers a great opportunity to learn new skills to help to get ahead online and gain the knowledge we’ll all need for the...

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Bounce Back Loans

Small Businesses Boosted by Bounce Back Loans

28th Apr 2020
Business, CoronavirusLeadership

Bounce Back Loans On 27th April 2020, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new Bounce back scheme which should be a quicker and easy solution for those in need of smaller loans.  You will recall that the CBILs (Coronavirus Business Interuption Loan scheme) minimum loan amount was £25,000 which was too much debt for many small businesses to contemplate taking on. The Bounce back loan scheme will be: Loans from...

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Harvest recruitment solution

Solution to Address the Need for Seasonal Labour in Agriculture

24th Apr 2020
Business, CoronavirusLeadership

Solution to Address the Need for Seasonal Labour in Agriculture With the no immediate end to the Pandemic in sight and crops that needs to be harvested, Defra has launched a new website which brings together those who are looking for work on UK farms over the harvest period with recruiters who have roles to fill.  The Pick for Britain website will act as a hub to signpost people to...

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Coronavirus Health and Wellness Guide

Coronavirus – Health and Well-being Guide

24th Apr 2020
Business, CoronavirusLeadership

Health and Well-being Guide Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at or working from home because of coronavirus (COVID-19). You may feel bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also be low, worried or anxious, or concerned about your finances, your health or those close to you. It's important to remember that it is OK to feel this way and that everyone...

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What financial support is available to you

What Financial Support is Available to You?

23rd Apr 2020
Business, CoronavirusLeadership

What Financial Support is Available to You? With the plethora of support available through the Government as a result of the Convid-19 pandemic - you may now be somewhat confused to know what are your options to secure grants, tax relief and funding support for your business. As a result, it has produced a really helpful business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business. The...

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