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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 […]

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Good News as Furlough Deadline Extended

Your newest employees may now be eligible for furlough, after the deadline was extended to 19 March 2020… If you have new employees who were not initially eligible under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), now’s the time to take another look, as the rules have just been revised. The eligibility date for furlough has […]

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Coronavirus FAQs and Statutory Pay Increases

How are you doing today? Another weekend over. Is Nature / the Good Lord balancing things for us? In spite of the Coronavirus pandemic, hasn’t it been a wonderful weekend – weatherwise – for us in SW England? I do hope this week will not present too many challenges to you and that you find […]

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Furloughed workers accrue annual leave

Good evening. Hope all is going well with you. We have had many clients contact us to ask about short time working, lay offs and ‘furlough’. #Furlough is a word with which many of us are not familiar. We have explained it in more detail here. Here are a few tips to help you to […]

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Who is a Key Worker : Coronavirus Update from Embrace HR

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Good evening. We’re sharing our updates for anyone who might visit our website. The scene is changing constantly and we urge you to listen to the broadcasts and update yourself on the gov.uk website, or other official paths such as HSE. In this Update we will cover some of the FAQ’s that […]