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 22, 2020

Here’s the Easiest way to Stay up-to-date with New Payroll Legislation

Whether you’re a payroll professional, a HR Manager, or a business owner, keeping on top of new payroll legislation is hard work. Just when you think you’re compliant – there’s something new to remember! And getting your payroll calculations wrong can incur hefty fines from the HMRC. It can also damage your company’s reputation –…

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April 21, 2020

Legislation Help: How to Keep up with Payroll Updates

Businesses across the UK are seeing payroll updates coming thick and fast. Most notably, the new ‘Job Retention Scheme’ is playing havoc with the payroll. There’s a lot to remember when calculating pay for furloughed workers, whether they’re taking annual leave, using SSP, or on maternity leave. It’s a minefield. So, how do you keep…

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April 17, 2020

Furlough Scheme Cut-off Extended to 19 March

On 15 April 2020, the Government issued detailed guidance on how employers can claim ‘furlough’ pay for employees who are temporarily not working. This included an extension to the furlough scheme cut-off date. The date at which employees must be on their employer’s payroll to qualify, has been pushed back from 29 February 2020 to…

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April 15, 2020

The Contingent Workers’ Job Retention Scheme

In the midst of all the discussion about the Job Retention (‘furlough’) scheme, another scheme for a different tranche of workers has slipped under the radar for some.   The Contingent Workers’ Scheme is designed to be a simple tool for supporting non-permanent workers in the public sector during the pandemic. Contingent workers include contractors, freelancers, agency workers and consultants as well as…

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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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April 6, 2020

Ministry of Defence calls up 3,000 Reservists in Response to Coronavirus Crisis

Call up: what happens when the MOD needs your reservists? The  Ministry of Defence (MOD) has announced that it is calling up 3,000 military reservists with ‘specialist skills’ in order to bolster the fight against Coronavirus / COVID- 19. Many employers will be asking what their responsibilities are and what help is available when the…

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April 6, 2020

Furlough Meaning: Explained

Up until a few weeks ago, many of us had never heard of furlough. Now it’s a term we hear daily – whether that’s at work, in the news or on a Zoom call with friends.   Read on to understand what furlough is, what it means in the context of the new ‘Job Retention Scheme’ and how to place employees…

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April 1, 2020

The Good Work Plan: Changes Coming 6 April

If you work in HR, you’re probably drowning in Coronavirus queries. So, your new – additional – responsibilities with employment documentation, are the last thing you want to hear about… Whilst the Government recently deferred certain changes to employment legislation, those commonly referred to as the “Good Work Plan” will – thus far – take…

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March 30, 2020

COVID-19 School Closures | Key issues for Employers

Schools (including sixth form colleges and pre-school settings) are closed for the foreseeable future for 90% of pupils. Schools were becoming a major conduit for the coronavirus and now only children of key workers, or children deemed ‘vulnerable’ are to attend. The closures also apply to much pre-school provision. Pressure is on to minimise children…

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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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