If your business is returning to work there is a great deal that needs to be done and we appreciate that the Health and Safety element, although vital, is only part of what employers have to think about. Which is precisely why here at HCHR we have spent many hours (day and yes nights!) creating our Covid Safety Compliance Pack which includes a checklist of everything that we, as HR professionals, can think of that will need an employer’s attention in order to ensure a safe environment moving forwards for your business. Read More
Following the Government’s announcement on 10th May some businesses are being encouraged to get back up and running from this week.
We are helping businesses nationwide to ensure that they comply with all necessary measures set out in the Government’s published guidance that need to be taken before their people start returning to the workplace. Read More
After six weeks of lockdown some level of the restrictions being lifted seems imminent when the Prime Minister reveals how he plans to “unlock the various parts of the UK economy” this coming Sunday 10th May.
Even though currently the precise timing and nature of any relaxation of the Government’s restrictions on work or travel is uncertain, organisations need to start thinking about what happens next. Read More
From remote working to temporary layoffs and redundancies, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has hit many elements of day-to-day HR hard. One of the first processes to be affected was recruitment – especially where offers had been made and employees were due to start but could not due to government restrictions.
There will be many employees who were in the middle of being recruited and will now be in a state of limbo and perhaps experiencing an even greater level of uncertainty than if they had remained in their current position. Read More
For Muslims around the world, Ramadan is one of the most revered months of the year in which they fast during daylight hours, congregate for prayers and share meals as a community. However, this year Muslims will observe the holy month of Ramadan under lockdown and tight restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak that has paralysed entire countries.
With strict curfews and physical distancing directives enforced to limit the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 disease, many of Ramadan’s rituals and traditions will be curtailed this year. Read More
This week marks COVID-19 Lockdown Week 5. ‘Normal’ life feels like a lifetime ago, so I thought I would stop, reflect and jot down a few of my learnings over the last 4 weeks … Read More
Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, employment disputes in which individuals refused to work because of danger were relatively rarely seen by employment tribunals. However, these are set to rise once we emerge from the current lockdown which will only add to the pressure on resources both financial and otherwise for the companies involved. Read More
“Unprecedented Measures for Unprecedented times”- Chancellor Rishi Sunak
This description by the Chancellor of the measures taken by Government to step in to try and support businesses, to ensure that not only are jobs safeguarded, but that there is a viable economy at the end of the current health crisis COVID-19, certainly resonates and for most it did bring some hope. Read More
As we know, the Government scheme was initially implemented for a 3-month period from 1st March 2020, and the Government has said that this “may” be extended, but this obviously comes with no guarantees.
If a business still doesn’t need an employee to return to work when the scheme ends, they should firstly assess whether they have a Lay Off clause within their contracts. If they have, they can lay employees off and the employee can claim a guarantee payment from the Government, a maximum of £29 a day for 5 days in any 3-month period. But employers beware, employees placed on lay off for 4 or more weeks in a row, or 6 or more weeks in a 13-week period can claim redundancy from the Company. Read More
Employers in Wales will be breaking the law from next week if they do not make sure that staff are able to maintain the 2-metre physical distancing rule.
The Welsh first minister, Mark Drakeford, said the regulations would come into force on Monday or Tuesday next week and fresh guidance would be issued to make sure that employers understood what was being expected of them.
He made it clear that he did not want companies to be shut down but said it was vital that they put the welfare of their employees first. He continued saying, the Welsh government had listened to workers’ fears and would be the first in the UK to bring in a new law requiring employers to take “all reasonable actions” to comply with the 2-metre rule. Read More