New Job Support Scheme | A statement from James Tamm

Our Employment Law Director, James Tamm, shares his initial reaction to the Chancellor’s new Job Support Scheme. For today’s announcement, watch the video on the right. Contrary to some news reports, the Chancellor’s Job Support Scheme – coming into effect from six months from 1 November – is NOT a scheme that will top wages […]

Surviving on SSP | Government urged to fix “gaping hole” in regulations

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 15 September 2020. For the most up-to-date Employment Law and Health & Safety advice to support your organisation through the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our Coronavirus Advice Hub, which is updated daily and contains a variety of free guidance notes, letter templates, checklists, risk assessments and […]

COVID-19 rule change | How does the six-person limit impact businesses?

Following a spike in coronavirus cases, the government has announced that it will be revising physical distancing rules, limiting the number of people who can meet socially from 30 to six. Get your FREE consultation The ban on large gatherings, which will come into effect from Monday, aims to prevent a second wave. At the […]

Overlooking “basic” risks | 5 recent health and safety fines NOT related to COVID-19

Coronavirus might be the focus of employers’ health and safety efforts right now, but it’s not the only risk that needs to be managed. Workplaces present numerous hazards, from uneven floors to dangerous machinery, and the HSE has recently reminded employers not to become complacent to these ‘basic’ health and safety risks while their attention […]

Safely reopening your school | 5 lessons we can learn from Europe

Pupils starting the new school year will no doubt find the learning environment very different to how they left it back in March. COVID-19 has introduced a new and largely unknown risk to the workplace, and like other settings, schools have spent months implementing heightened health and safety measures to reduce the risk of infection. […]

Remote redundancy | Is consultation via Zoom, email or phone legal?

Coronavirus has complicated many aspects of the employment relationship, not only introducing new concepts such as furlough but making certain HR processes more difficult due to restrictions on businesses. Get your FREE consultation In the realm of employee relations, some things are better done face to face. Dealing with people directly allows us to read […]

Protecting pregnant employees on a return to work

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 27 August 2020. For the most up-to-date Employment Law and Health & Safety advice to support your organisation through the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our Coronavirus Advice Hub, which is updated daily and contains a variety of free guidance notes, letter templates, checklists, risk assessments and […]

5 HR tips | Supporting staff through redundancy

The UK is now officially in recession for the first time in 11 years, with coronavirus causing the biggest economic slump on record and, with it, company payrolls have plummeted Almost three-quarters of a million people have already lost their jobs since lockdown began. Now, those whose jobs were originally spared by the furlough scheme […]