Coronavirus (Covid-19): Beyond furlough – Job retention bonus scheme

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What do we already know? We updated you in our July and August Newsletter Coronavirus (COVID-19): Beyond furlough – A plan for jobs that the Government has introduced several measures designed to assist the economy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Job Retention Bonus scheme. What’s new? We update you on further…
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Coronavirus (Covid-19): Returning from abroad – self isolation guidance

The Government has published new guidance (available here) for employers and employees on the rules relating to self-isolation after returning to the UK. The guidance covers those who are returning from a country without an ‘air-bridge’ (i.e. a quarantine exemption).  For the list of those countries with air-bridges see here. The list is continuously updated with…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – All things furlough (again!)

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What do we already know? As explained in our April Newsletter All Things Furlough – FAQS and what we know so far, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (‘CJRS’) has been a temporary scheme funded by the Government to create an alternative to implementing redundancies, lay-offs, unpaid leave or other measures employers might otherwise need to…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19):  Safe workplace & well-being guidance

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1. Safe Workplace: A toolkit (available here) has been published to help employers create a safe workplace for employees to return to when offices re-open.  The toolkit has been compiled by the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM), with input from several national organisations including ACAS, CIPD and MIND. The toolkit complies with the directions and…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19):  Updated guidance on returning to the workplace

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What do we already know? We updated you in our June 2020 Newsletter Coronavirus (COVID-19): Returning to the workplace that the Government had issued workplace-specific guides on working safely during the Coronavirus pandemic. What’s new? As businesses continue to re-open their offices, the Government has updated their workplace guides (available here) to enable employers to operate…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Beyond furlough; ‘A Plan for Jobs’

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On 8 July 2020 the Government introduced “A Plan for Jobs” (see here).  This included several measures designed to assist the economy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst we await written guidance and specific detail on the schemes (which is due to be announced by the end of July), we’ve highlighted below some…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – All things furlough (again!)

definition of furlough
What do we already know? As explained in our April Newsletter All Things Furlough – FAQS and what we know so far the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (‘CJRS’) is a temporary scheme funded by the Government to create an alternative to implementing redundancies, lay-offs, unpaid leave or other measures employers might otherwise need to instigate…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19):  Data protection – ICO guidance

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published advice (available here) for organisations regarding the use of personal information as businesses begin to reopen; including six data protection steps for organisations (available here). Overall, the ICO has confirmed that data protection does not prevent organisations from asking employees whether they are experiencing Coronavirus symptoms so long…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): ACAS guidance on disciplinaries and grievances

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ACAS has issued guidance for employers on handling disciplinary and grievance processes during the Coronavirus pandemic (available here). The guidance confirms that employees can still raise a grievance or be subject to a disciplinary whilst they are working from home, following social distancing in the workplace, or on furlough. However, employers must consider if they…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19):  Returning to the workplace

The post lock-down journey has begun as businesses start to re-open their offices and other workplaces.  This raises a number of concerns for employers and we consider some of the key issues below. Working safely On 11 May, the Government issued eight separate workplace guides (available here) on working safely during the Coronavirus pandemic. These…
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