November 27, 2020

Virtual Christmas Party Ideas for HR Teams

Usually at this time of year we’re getting ready to celebrate Christmas with our work colleagues. Unfortunately, the traditional work Christmas ‘do’ or even a group meet up at the local pub are looking highly unlikely. No matter what industry you work in, your working life has been hit with extra challenges this year. Whether…

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Managing Annual Leave Over Christmas

There are various challenges to overcome when managing annual leave over Christmas – whether your annual leave year runs from January to December, or April to March, or some other 12-month period! Christmas often means an influx of annual leave requests and the headache of coordinating the Christmas rota, 2020, of course, is no exception.…

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November 26, 2020

FAQs: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Late November Update)

Updated 26 November 2020 Q: What are the new updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)? It was announced on 31st October 2020 that England will enter new lockdown restrictions, from 5th November. In line with these changes the Chancellor announced that the Job Support Scheme will be put on hold and the Coronavirus…

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November 24, 2020

Do Employees Have the Right to a Lunch Break?

Woking from home is creating rather a blurred line between employees’ work lives and their personal lives. With this in mind, many employers are likely to be encouraging rest breaks. But when it comes to the rules, what are employees actually entitled to? Which employees in particular should employers be mindful of? Are there exceptions…

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November 23, 2020

Gender Pay Gap Reporting 2021: Including Furloughed Employees

Required to submit a gender pay gap report next year? Furloughed some of your employees this year? You may like to know how that will work. How does the government furlough scheme affect the gender pay gap reporting process? From 2017 any organisation with 250+ employees have to publish and report figures about their gender…

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October 28, 2020

Protecting Employees From Domestic Abuse

The Domestic Abuse Helpline has reported a concerning increase in the number of calls and online requests for help since the lockdown began in March 2020. It’s predicted that for every three months the lockdown continues, an additional 15 million cases of gender-based violence are expected. With more people than ever working from home due…

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October 27, 2020

Working From Home: Communicate, Motivate & Embrace the Change

After more than six months of life in lockdown, there’s clear evidence our new way of working may be extended for at least another six months. This year’s shift to working from home is beginning to look much more permanent. As a result, the focus of employers has now shifted from the basics of setting…

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October 25, 2020

The Future of Flexible Working Post Lockdown

Before the Coronavirus pandemic, around 5% of employees worked from home. When lockdown restrictions are lifted, it’s anticipated organisations will see an increase in flexible working requests. How organisations deal with flexible working requests moving forward, will be a key issue in the months to come and beyond. So, what does the law say about…

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The New Job Support Scheme: Explained

On 24th September, Chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed his Winter Economy Plan to help Britain’s workforce as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue. He announced a new package of support called the Job Support Scheme. It will be made available to employers who continue to need support after the Job Retention Scheme ends on 31st…

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October 8, 2020

13 Million Brits To Request Permanent Flexible Working: How to Prepare

How has lockdown changed people’s attitudes to flexible and home working? Over 13 million people across the UK plan to ask to modify their long-term working pattern, according to new research by Direct Life Line. HR managers will have to be prepared for the influx of new requests once the current COVID-19 restrictions have been…

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September 30, 2020

Are You Keeping a Close Eye on Working Time?

In the current climate, many employees are working more flexibly than before the COVID-19 pandemic. But it’s important to keep a close eye on the implications of such flexibility when it comes to assessing working time. Keep reading as we share a recent case of unfair constructive dismissal over working time. We also answer: Is…

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September 28, 2020

Keeping up Productivity as Homeworking Continues

In response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic Boris Johnson has announced that workers ‘who can work from home should do so’. This is a change from the previous campaign to encourage employees to return to offices. Employers spent time and money ensuring their workplaces were Covid secure and had plans in place to enable staff…

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