March 30, 2020

COVID19 – Job Retention Scheme FAQs

On Friday 20th March 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak set out a package of temporary measures to support UK businesses through this period of disruption caused by the COVID-19 / Coronavirus outbreak. One of those packages announced was the Job Retention Scheme, which is a scheme to support employees during the pandemic. This document sets out…

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COVID-19: My Employees Can’t Work From Home

What can you do when your employees can’t work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic? Keep reading to find out.  Millions of people are transitioning to homeworking and battling with IT systems and collaboration apps. We’re also getting used to this new routine of remote working. But for many managers and employees, switching to homeworking…

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March 26, 2020

The Future of Homeworking: Longer Term Planning

Vast swathes of the working population are now working on laptops from home. In some cases, multiple family members, working for different companies, are sharing the same kitchen table. The current Public Health crisis has resulted in many businesses implementing or reviewing Business Continuity Plans. As part of this, businesses have had to consider a…

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FAQs: Statutory Sick Pay for Coronavirus / COVID-19

The Department for Work and Pensions confirmed that  Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) will be paid to all qualifying employees from day one for Covid-19 / Coronavirus related sickness, including self-isolating. This took effect from 13 March 2020 and the measure will last for at least eight months. The emergency legislation (2020 no 287) was passed…

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March 24, 2020

Redundancy: a Brief Guide

Redundancies may occur when businesses wish to improve efficiencies, or ride out tough times and periods of slow growth. But what exactly is redundancy? And what do businesses need to consider when carrying out the redundancy process? Read our brief guide to redundancy to find out. What is redundancy? Redundancy is the termination of employment…

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March 23, 2020

COVID-19 / Coronavirus: Five ways the Government are Supporting Businesses

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set out a package of temporary measures to support UK businesses through this period of disruption caused by the COVID-19 / Coronavirus outbreak. We’ve outlined some of the main Coronavirus Government business support and you can also find more information and guidance on the gov.uk website. 1. COVID-19 / Coronavirus Job…

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March 20, 2020

What are Lay-offs and Short-time Working?

Lay-offs and short-time working are options employers may choose to take when there’s a shortage of work. They allow businesses to retain their workforce for a while, in the hope that work picks up again soon.   COVID-19 Important Note: The COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme allows all UK employers to access financial support to continue paying…

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March 17, 2020

Top Tips for Homeworking as a Requirement of your BCP

‘Everyone should work from home if they can’ – that’s according to PM, Boris Johnson. If your business can allow homeworking, what key considerations do you need to make? Read our top tips to make sure these short-term periods of homeworking are successful and keep your employees as safe as possible.  Factors to consider about…

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March 13, 2020

Business Implications of Budget 2020

Did you watch it? Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced his first budget on 11 March 2020. So, what’s changed? And what are the business implications of budget 2020? Read on to find out. What’s Changing for Businesses? Business rates in England will be abolished for firms in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors with a rateable…

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March 11, 2020

COVID-19 Coronavirus: What Employers Need To Know

What do we know about coronavirus?  The family of viruses that include the common cold, SARS and MERS, are called ‘coronaviruses’. The current outbreak of coronavirus is a new or ‘novel’ strain and is called COVID-19.  Coronaviruses are Zoonotic; which means they spread between animals and humans. The SARS outbreak in 2003 and the current outbreak…

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March 4, 2020

COVID-19 Concerns? What to do about Returning Travellers

If a colleague has returned from a specific area listed by the Government that requires 14 days self isolation, regardless of symptoms, they should follow the Government’s advice and in the UK use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next, or in Ireland call 112. They should not go to a GP surgery,…

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February 27, 2020

5 Top Tips for a Great Employee Induction Process

You may think that once your new employee has signed on the dotted line of their employment contract, the recruitment process is over. Unfortunately, you’ve still got lots of work to do to ensure the success of your recruit, even if the job ad stipulated ‘candidate must hit the ground running’. Yes – we’re talking…

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