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

Please note: this article was correct at the time of writing, however take a look at our most recent blogs for the most up-to-date articles surrounding this topic. 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…

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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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March 6, 2020

Good Work Plan: Countdown to Compliance

Are you aware of the Government’s “Good Work Plan”? Do you realise that you acquire new and increased responsibilities for staff engaged after 6 April 2020? This blog summarises the five key Good Work Plan changes that will affect your business from April: From 6 April new starters must receive their principal statement on or before…

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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 25, 2020

COVID-19 Coronavirus February Update

The Government have increased the risk rating for Coronavirus threat from Low to Moderate. The ongoing outbreak of coronavirus continues to spread across Europe and the wider global community. World Health Organisation (WHO) Recommendations and Advice for the Public Let’s go through best practice advice issued by the WHO for the general public. Employers are…

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December 18, 2019

How to Write a Health & Safety Risk Assessment for Winter Weather

While most of us agree that snow is picturesque, adverse weather conditions can have a catastrophic effect on businesses that do not have contingency plans in place. Consequently, at this time of year it’s important to ensure you’ve completed a risk assessment for winter weather to protect your employees, customers, and the public-at-large. What does…

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December 6, 2019

Think Safety when Decorating the Office for Christmas

What can you possibly do in an office around Christmas that puts life and limb at risk? The answer you’re searching for is hanging up decorations around the office. Many people don’t consider the risks attached to readying the workspace for festive fun. Trips/slips or falls, electrical incidents and manual handling/lifting are the top three…

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