January 12, 2021

8 Easy Ways to Boost Your Employees’ Wellbeing This Blue Monday

This could be the bluest Monday in history. With a year of uncertainty behind us, and many more challenges to come, it’s more important than ever for businesses to prioritise their employees’ wellbeing. With this in mind, we’ve put together this list of how you can easily support your employees in beating the Monday blues.…

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January 6, 2021

Brexit’s Immediate Effect on Health and Safety 

Following the formalisation of a trade deal and the end of the Brexit Transition period, what is the immediate effect of Brexit on UK health and safety legislation? And how will your business, and your processes be affected? The UK has been driving health and safety standards across the world for decades. Even prior to…

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January 5, 2021

Can You Force an Employee to get the Covid Vaccine?

Following the roll out of the Covid vaccine in December which marked what the health secretary, Matt Hancock referred to as a historic moment in overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic. But what does this mean for employers? As we know, employers have a duty, as far as reasonably practicable, to ensure the health and safety of…

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January 4, 2021

Employment Law Changes & Important Dates in 2021

2021 will see the introduction of life post-brexit, as well as new off-payroll working (IR35) rules, gender pay gap reporting, increased statutory rates of pay… the list goes on. This blog post lists some of the key events and all-important dates to look out for this year. Post-Brexit Immigration System From 1 January 2021, EEA…

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January 4, 2021

Brexit 2021: Implications for Your Workforce

The United Kingdom ceased to be a member state of the European Union on 31 January 2020. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, it continued to be treated like any other member state. It did so until ‘IP completion day’, which was 31 December 2020. As of IP completion day, the free movement regime…

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December 22, 2020

FAQs: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (January Update)

Updated 22 December 2021 Furlough Scheme Extension Updates Q: What are the new updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)? A: The government announced a further extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on the 17th December 2020 following several unprecedented changes in recent weeks. On the 31st October 2020, England entered new lockdown…

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December 21, 2020

Is Being Dismissed for Anti-LGBT Remarks ‘Belief Discrimination’?

An important belief discrimination case was decided by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in October 2020. The recent Development in Belief Discrimination was between Mrs K Higgs v Farmor’s School. Mrs Kristie Higgs was employed at Farmor’s School in Fairford, Gloucestershire for seven years before being dismissed in 2018. Her dismissal for gross misconduct came after…

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December 17, 2020

New Year’s Resolutions for HR Teams in 2021

With 2020 thankfully behind us, many of us will be making our New Year’s Resolutions. So, what resolutions should HR be making? There is no doubt that we’re all crossing our fingers for a return to a normal life, both at work and at home in 2021. However, with lots of companies realising that many,…

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December 16, 2020

What is the Real Cost of Poor H&S Policies?

Not taking health and safety seriously can not only put your workers at risk, but also your finances. Considering what the implications policies can have, it’s important that they are not an afterthought for your business. To enable companies to offer their services at a competitive price point, it can be tempting for them to…

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December 15, 2020

Virtual Onboarding: How to Make New, Remote Employees Feel Welcome

Your newly recruited employees may be facing their first day with you, from their home. So, how do you make sure your new, remote employees feel welcome? Typical onsite onboarding would include an introduction to the team, a tour of the office, and a meeting with management. A failure to do these things could result…

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December 15, 2020

Can you Offer Reduced Pay to Homeworkers?

As a new year dawns and COVID-19 vaccines roll out across the country, we examine the possible impact on the UK’s increasingly ‘agile’ workforce. It’s estimated that over 60% of the UK adult working population has worked from home at some stage during the pandemic. And 25% plan to work from home even when things…

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