COVID-19 sickness and self-isolation | When do employees qualify for SSP?

Despite the government’s changes to the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Regulations earlier this year, many employees are still unsure as to whether they qualify. Changes back in March ensured that SSP would “be made available from day one” for those self-isolating, as opposed to day four. And yet, the emergency legislation has still left many confused.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dealing with staff absence on reopening your school

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 19 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 […]

The role of health and safety training and its importance during COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has introduced a new, largely unknown risk to the workplace, and if your safety arrangements are to be successful, staff will need to be trained to carry them out. Get your FREE consultation Communication and training is an important element of your return-to-work planning, as your usual practices and procedures will likely […]

How to manage employees in post-travel quarantine

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 30 July 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 […]

Employment Tribunal survey suggests costlier, more complex claims

Employment tribunal compensation

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has now published the findings of its seventh survey into Employment Tribunal applications. The survey, which was conducted in 2018 based on a sample of single claims disposed of (settled or completed) between October 2016 and October 2017, examines the characteristics of claimants and employers involved […]