Coronavirus

Emergency legislation passed on Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) Regulations 2021

Emergency legislation passed on SSP

As part of the Government’s efforts to free up GP time to prioritise the COVID-19 vaccine booster programme, new emergency legislation has been passed to increase the period of time …

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What does the new Covid variant mean for employers?

With several cases of the Omicron variant identified in the UK, experts say firms need to think ahead and not wait for the Government before bringing in extra safety measures. …

Final Countdown to Furlough

The final countdown to furlough

September is the final month of the furlough scheme, subject to any last-minute extension. It was introduced in March 2020 as a short-term measure to support employers in paying their …

Redundancy

When does a failure to furlough as an alternative to redundancy result in a successful claim for unfair dismissal?

The employment tribunals are starting to hear claims relating to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). In two recent first instance decisions (which are not legally binding on other tribunals), …

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What right to you have to check an employee’s COVID vaccine status?

With quarantine – for the most part – no longer required for the double jabbed, and with more and more employees returning to offices, client visits and work-associated trips – …

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The end of furlough is coming – are you ready?

The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – known as furlough – has acted as a lifeline to millions and runs until the end of September. More than 11.4 million …

Annual leave and the COVID implication

Annual leave and the COVID implication

In any normal year, it’s something of a national pastime to ask where friends and colleagues have been on holiday, or where they plan to go. And yet, as we …

Grief in the workplace

Grief in the workplace – How does an employer best support staff?

In a year which has seen so many of us experience loss and grief, it’s no wonder why employers might be minded to think about how they would most appropriately …

Fire and rehire

Minimise risk when it comes to fire and rehire

The issue of ‘fire and rehire’ makes its way to parliament this week, with Labour MP Barry Gardiner proposing a bill to outlaw such tactics. But what exactly is the …

Hospitality restart

Hospitality restart

For many, we’re entering a long-awaited period, where hospitality businesses can finally throw open their doors and deliver a more ‘normal’ customer service. But the idea of those pubs, bars, …

COVID vaccine for employees - angst amid the workforce

Vaccine angst amid the workforce

To jab or not to jab – that, it seems, is the question (for some). Since the first COVID-19 vaccinations began taking place here in the UK, the media has …

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Online candidate interviews: Top tips to get it right

More and more employers are using virtual interviews as part of their recruitment process. Driven originally by the need to continue resourcing safely during the height of COVID-19, it’s now …

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Return to work after COVID-19 Toolkit

Having been away from the workplace for so long, making work attractive and providing reassurance to staff is key to encourage their return to work. But where do you start …

Work From Home

Work from home, hybrid or office – how do you manage staff in different settings

The last year has seen changes in businesses around the world in ways which we could not have foreseen. As we come closer to the end of the pandemic, businesses …

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Coming out of Lockdown – case studies

As we progress through the government’s ‘roadmap’ of exiting lockdown, we’ve been catching up with some of our clients to see what this next chapter is likely to look like …

Furlough Scheme update

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) Changes Effective 1st July 2021

As announced in the Budget today, from 1 July 2021, the level of the furlough grant will be reduced. From the 1st July 2021 you will be asked to contribute …

Step-by-step plan to ease restrictions in England

The Prime Minister announced to Parliament on Monday 22 February, the government’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England. It published a four-step roadmap to ease restrictions across England …

COVID-19 vaccine

Can I insist on my employees having the COVID vaccine?

With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout well underway, we look at whether an employer can insist on their employees being vaccinated when it is offered to them. There are many things …

COVID-19 workplace testing

Using COVID-19 rapid testing in your business

If you run a business (registered in England), you can register to order COVID-19 tests for employees who cannot work from home. The programme is designed to test workers without …

Furlough Scheme extended to 30 April 2021

In a bid to provide some certainty into the New Year, in these incredibly uncertain times, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced the furlough scheme is being extended for an …

The extra bank holiday in the UK for 2022

The Government announced some time ago that it was granting an additional bank holiday in 2022, which will take place on Friday 3rd June to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee. …

Q&A with Jo Lewry, Office Manager

We value getting to know all about the clients we work with and the faces behind the brands and businesses. Naturally we expect you to want to know more about …

We Wish You a Merry ‘Twixmas’ and a Happy New Year

If you’ve been a manager or team leader for a year or two, you’ll know only too well, that there’s an inevitable gear-change post Christmas, and what better time to …

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