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The extended furlough scheme: who can claim?

As the UK went into a second lockdown earlier this month, Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed that the furlough scheme would be extended. Find out how it applies to you and your employees… Although the second UK lockdown is set to end at the beginning of December, Rishi Sunak has recognised that companies may be affected […]

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Latest Government Help for Businesses Explained

Learn how the Job Support Scheme and Test and Trace Support payment schemes work for businesses… STOP PRESS: Furlough Scheme extended from Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December in line with England’s second lockdown of 2020. Please note that despite the lockdown, Embrace HR will continue to operate virtually and are here to address […]

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Creating and Maintaining Mentally Healthy Workplaces

In a year of considerable change and uncertainty, we have to work harder to protect our mental health. As a HR Manager or Team Leader, your attitude and actions can also help the resilience of your team. Every employee was recruited because they offered skills, knowledge, experience and potential that your organisation needed. In a […]

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Back to Work at Home

Some companies have just got staff back into the office and now they’re heading back home again. What are the employers’ responsibilities? In the wake of a second wave of Covid-19, on 22 September 2020, the Prime Minister asked for office workers to once again work from home if they were able to. Unlike the […]

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Work from Home – Latest Advice from the Prime Minister

The latest advice, announced in a statement by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on Tuesday 22 September, is for office workers to work from home wherever possible. For professions where this is not possible, such as care work, people should continue to attend their workplace… Following a significant rise in the number of positive cases […]

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Redundancy guarantee for furloughed workers

New rules will ensure that furloughed employees are not ‘short-changed’ if they are made redundant… The government has introduced new rules that will protect furloughed workers in the event of redundancy. The changes, introduced on 30 July 2020, will see employees receiving statutory notice pay calculated using their normal wages, not their furloughed rates of […]

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Recruiting – keeping it fair

When you are hiring new staff, your goal is to find the best employee you can, someone who will do a great job, progress within your company and become a successful team member. Unconscious bias, can, however, influence your decision. It is not always easy to identify when this is happening, and it can be […]

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The new way to work – life after lockdown

The world of remote working may well have been an eye-opener to many companies – and their staff – and, as we begin to get back to normal, we take a look at how employers should support their staff as they come back to the ‘real’ world… For companies who did not furlough their staff, […]

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Key Points of Furlough Scheme Extension

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced details of the extension of the furlough scheme – here we round up the key points for HR professionals… Following the original furlough announcement at the beginning of the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown, details have now been released for the extension of the scheme, which will run until the end […]

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Returning to Work during COVID-19 – Things to Consider

As the government encourages construction and manufacturing businesses to get staff back to work unless they can work at home, we take a look at what SMEs need to consider to ensure their staff are kept safe… The current message from the government is now for businesses to start getting back to work if they […]

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What? When? Why? Where? How?

Innovation happens in times of crises Think World Wars. Diseases. Catastophes brought on by climate change. It is no different for us today living in the COVID-19 situation. We have been in lockdown. We are now considering a return to normal life. A life that will never be as ‘normal’ as that which we left […]

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Being Flexible About Furlough

With so many companies furloughing their staff so quickly, there is now some essential work that needs doing – some flexibility would help companies, especially SMEs, to keep afloat… With two-thirds of British companies using the furlough scheme during the COVID-19 crisis, it is no surprise that important tasks that should have been done before […]