May 19, 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: Kindness in the Workplace

The 18 – 24 May 2020 is Mental Health Awareness Week. This year, faced with the ramifications of a global health crisis, it’s more important than ever to look after the mental health of your employees. Inspired by the tremendous acts of kindest we have seen throughout communities across the country, kindness is the chosen…

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May 18, 2020

Health & Safety: Supporting Sustainable Economic Recovery  

An economic downturn following the COVID-19 pandemic is widely reported in the news. Plus, there’s an understandable anxiety amongst many about going back to the workplace. As a result, lots of small businesses are concerned about how they will return to more ‘normal’ operations.  The Government has released anticipated timelines allowing businesses to make plans…

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April 30, 2020

Health and Safety Legislation Update for April 2020 and Beyond

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has become a top priority for employers everywhere. The pandemic is putting pressure on already stretched employers to do more to keep-up-to date and protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. Businesses have a legal duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 to ensure the…

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April 23, 2020

Employers: H&S Considerations as Lockdown Restrictions Evolve

Going back a few months, perhaps the biggest threat people associated with a virus, related to our IT infrastructure and data security. However, 2020 has provided governments, medics, business, safety professionals and the general public with an unprecedented challenge.    The actions the government took in March and April of 2020 have seen many working from home or furloughed on 80% salary (or £2,500). With others…

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April 15, 2020

Ensuring Worker Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

What are your responsibilities as an employer when considering worker safety during the COVID-19 pandemic ? The past few weeks will have been a whirlwind for most, if not all readers. To put this into some perspective, we entered a new decade less than fifteen weeks ago. If someone had told us we would have to…

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March 30, 2020

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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March 20, 2020

Statutory Sick Pay and Salary Guarantee for COVID-19

20.03.20 UPDATE STATUTORY SICK PAY (SSP) & SALARY GUARANTEE FOR COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS  The government response to COVID-19 / Coronavirus continues to develop at pace and as a business we remain focussed on delivering the exact same service you would normally receive. We would like to specifically update you on statutory sick pay (SSP) for COVID-19 / Coronavirus…

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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 and Director Liability During a Pandemic

Business owners and senior executives need to be aware they face potential personal criminal liability if the organisation commits an offence due to their act or default. All senior executives have a duty to be as proactive on this, as with other matters, as someone in their position ought reasonably to be. With the current…

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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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