What can employees do to support those experiencing poor mental health?

On World Suicide Prevention Day we have been reflecting on the increase in enquiries relating to employees who are being signed off sick with mental health issues since the start of lockdown. It’s vital that employers do everything they can to prevent mental health problems and minimise stress within the workplace: 1. Conduct a stress… Read more »

Posted 10-Sep-2020

Annual Leave During Furlough

Employees do continue to accrue annual leave whilst they are on furlough. Any annual leave which employees do take during furlough should be paid at the employees “normal” rate of remuneration i.e. not the reduced 80% rate under the CJRS. Employers can recover up to 80% of the holiday pay from the CJRS until the… Read more »

Posted 29-Jun-2020

5 Steps to creating a Covid-19 Safe Workplace

This past few months have seen unprecedented and unavoidable changes to all of our lives both personally and professionally. Everyone’s journey has been different whether you are a key worker and still going about your normal routine, or someone that is working from home or furloughed. Social media has been taken over with images of… Read more »


Giving notice of termination to employees during furlough

1. What notice do employers generally have to give? Contractual notice The requirement to give notice is often set out in the employment contract and it is likely to amount to a breach of contract if the required notice is not given. Where there is no employment contract, or no term regarding notice in the… Read more »

Posted 25-Jun-2020

Flexible Furlough Guidance (12 June 2020)

Introduction HMRC has now published the long awaited Guidance on how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing from 1 July 2020. The details are now contained in a series of updates to existing Guides and publication of new Guides. They have also provided a number of detailed worked examples to help demonstrate the calculations… Read more »

Posted 15-Jun-2020

Chancellor announces changes to Job Retention Scheme

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced changes to the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS), which will be slowly wound down between July and October. The changes mean businesses will be able to bring furloughed employees back on a part-time basis from 1 July. Furloughed staff will continue to get 80% of their salary until the… Read more »

Posted 29-May-2020

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme goes live

On 26 May 2020, HMRC opened up its Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rebate claim service. Eligible employers are able to recoup up to two weeks’ worth of SSP payments made to employees off work for COVID-19-related reasons since 13 March 2020 (16 March 2020 if the employee was shielding). This is an ongoing scheme for… Read more »

Posted 26-May-2020

Handling Redundancy

In a redundancy situation employers must act reasonably and follow a number of prescribed stages to avoid the risk of an unfair dismissal claim.  It is essential that advice be taken at every stage of the redundancy procedure from People Management Solutions. Redundancy arises where fewer workers are needed through reorganisation, closure, relocation or a… Read more »

Posted 01-May-2020

How To Manage Home Working

What is homeworking? Homeworking is when a member of staff can conduct their daily duties from home on an occasional, temporary or permanent basis. In its simplest terms, it means that employees work from home with the same contractual obligations, such as core working hours, pay and adherence to usual company policy. The Covid-19 pandemic… Read more »

Posted 30-Apr-2020

Managing Discipline & Grievance Remotely

There is no reason why a disciplinary or grievance process needs to be put on hold just because employees are working remotely. Employers will, however, need to consider whether a full and fair investigation into the issues can still be carried out whilst working under lockdown constraints. If it is not going to be possible… Read more »