WORKING FROM HOME IN ENGLAND

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Work from home

The introduction of new COVID safety measures in England saw the return of a recommendation to work from home where practical, specifically advice that “Office workers who can work from home should do so from Monday 13th December”. Working from home advice in Scotland and Wales has not changed. The Government has now updated the official working safely guides for … Read More

End of SSP COVID-19 rebate scheme

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Sick pay

The government brought the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to an end on Thursday 30 September 2021. If you’re eligible for a rebate you have until Friday 31 December 2021 to apply via the online service. To reclaim SSP you must: Have already paid your employee’s sick pay Claim for an employee who’s eligible for sick pay due to … Read More

End to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) on 30th September 2021

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Back to work

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme A reminder that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) closes on 30th September and final claims for September must be made by Thursday 14th October 2021. In September, employers can claim 60% of furloughed employees’ usual wages for the hours not worked, up to a cap of £1,875 per month. Employers need to contribute 20% from … Read More

Changes to Right to Work Checks

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Right to work

As a result of the pandemic, last year the government made it possible for organisations to conduct right to work changes virtually on a temporary basis. This is now due to end on 31 August 2021. What are right to work checks? To ascertain whether an individual originally from overseas (including the EU) has the right to work in the … Read More

ROADMAPS OUT OF LOCKDOWN – AN UPDATE

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With the latest announcements on changes and easing to restrictions, we provide a summary of these across the UK, and what these mean for your business. England and Scotland Plans have been announced to further ease Covid-19 restrictions in both England and Scotland on 19th July 2021. In Scotland, plans have been outlined to move all areas to protection level … Read More

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

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Stress is a major cause of sickness absence in the workplace and is estimated to cost over £5 billion a year in Great Britain. It affects individuals, their families and colleagues by impacting on their health but it also impacts on employers with costs relating to sickness absence, replacement staff, lost production and increased accidents. To help combat stress and … Read More

PIB RISK MANAGEMENT ENHANCES ADVISORY SERVICE WITH HR CONSULTANT APPOINTMENT

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PIB Risk Management is delighted to announce the appointment of Rhiannon Hammond-Jones as HR Consultant. Rhiannon has 20 years’ experience as an HR Practitioner in the health sector, higher education and most recently as a HR Consultant, adding further strength to the Risk Management team.  Rhiannon will be helping clients manage risks to their businesses, and supporting to develop skills … Read More

COVID-19 AND UNFAIR DISMISSAL CLAIMS

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The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has left employers with many questions such as: Can we ask employees to reveal whether or not they have received the vaccination? What action should we take if an employee refuses the vaccination when it is offered? Can we dismiss an employee who refuses to come into the workplace due to Covid concerns? Unfortunately, there are … Read More

LIABILITY FOR THE ACTS OF EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS

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Normally when we are considering the law in these articles we are looking at regulations, acts of parliament and prosecutions in the criminal courts. This article considers claims for compensation under civil law. It is a long established principal that where harm is caused by the actions of someone while at work, that person’s employer can be held liable to … Read More

CARING FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH OF HOMEWORKERS

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Stressed At Home

Recent weeks have seen a sudden surge in the number of people working from home. For many people this will be the first time they have worked from home on a continuous basis. The sudden move to homeworking may mean that it has not been possible to consult with those involved and plan for what can be quite a significant … Read More