September 25, 2020

FAQs: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Updates)

FAQs: The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Beyond (Updates) Q: How is the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme changing between 1st July and 31st October? A. On 29th May, the Chancellor announced changes to the CJRS to include more flexibility, more responsibility for employers to contribute towards furloughed employees’ wages and that the scheme would be…

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September 22, 2020

“Work From Home if You Can”: How The Update Affects Your Business

New measures are to come into force in the UK to reduce the dramatic increase of COVID-19 cases. On 22nd September, changes were announced and Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove has advised people to work from home “if they can”. Westminster and the Devolved Administrations recently announced additional controls to reduce surge of COVID-19 cases…

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September 15, 2020

COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance Update

Since the initial COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve been keeping people informed on how businesses and industries should operate in line with changing government guidance. Here is the latest guidance since lockdown measures were tightened again on 14th September. Last week, the UK reported a significant increase in the rise of cases that match the rate of…

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September 2, 2020

Considerations When Returning to the Workplace

As the children go back to school at the start of September, the government are launching a campaign to encourage the UK workforce to move back to their normal place of work. But what do employers need to consider before moving staff back into the workplace? In July the Office for National Statistics reported that…

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August 20, 2020

How to Encourage Social Distancing in the Workplace

The UK Government is easing COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and many businesses are now encouraging their staff to return to the workplace. But with the risk of infection still present, what should employers do to ensure employees are safe in the workplace? Advice from the Government on returning to work is: “if your workplace is open,…

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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

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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