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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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Sick pay (SSP)

Two items: A new online service (available here) has launched to enable small and medium-sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their current or former employees for eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020. HMRC guidance (available here) has been updated to reflect this information. Entitlement to SSP has…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – All things furlough

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 created as an alternative to implementing redundancies, lay-offs, unpaid leave or other measures employers might otherwise need to instigate during the current crisis. When does the Furlough scheme…
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Webinar – Employment law issues arising from returning to work

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A practical guide to navigating a post-lockdown workplace This webinar was held on 28 May 2020.   VIEW RECORDING HERE.  
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Government reforms (4): Guidance on Workplace Safety due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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The Government has published guidance for businesses and employers on: how employers can safely remain open during Coronavirus (available here); and social distancing in the workplace during Coronavirus, with a focus of particular sectors (available here). Remaining safely open:  the guidance includes a summary of advice for employers and businesses in England to follow to…
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Government reforms (3): Carry over of holiday due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Changes to the rules on carry-over of holiday have been introduced to help avoid a large build-up of statutory holiday entitlement during this year due to Coronavirus, whilst protecting the rights of workers to take annual leave.  The changes are aimed at preventing a situation where employers are left with trying to ensure that potentially…
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Government reforms (2): Coronavirus Emergency Volunteering Leave (EVL)

Coronavirus Emergency Volunteering Leave
Coronavirus Emergency Volunteering Leave (brought in by the Coronavirus Act 2020) is a temporary form of statutory unpaid leave for employees who wish to volunteer in the health and social care sectors during the current crisis. We set out below the outline of the scheme. However, the Government is yet to publish the regulations which…
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Government reforms (1):  Coronavirus (COVID-19): All things Furlough – update to FAQs

At the risk of (over-) loading you with more Coronavirus information, we thought it would helpful to add to our FAQs on its implications for the workplace. We updated you in our April Newsletter All Things Furlough – FAQS and what we know so far on the information we had available to date.  The Government…
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All Things Furlough – FAQS and what we know so far…

It is hard to imagine that less than a month ago hardly any of us had heard of the word ‘furlough’. Now it is part of our everyday language. In this we look at what we know so far about this new type of special paid leave and address the common questions that employers are…
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