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Spot Checks by Health and Safety Executive

25 November 2020 | Shabir Karatella

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has started carrying out random spot checks and inspections on all types of businesses to check if they are COVID compliant.

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FAQs - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

24 November 2020

The Government has announced that all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis.

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Social distancing in the workplace

20 November 2020

If your business has identified that staff cannot work from home, then employers need to make that they have a suitable and sufficient risk assessment to enable the workplace to be reasonably COVID safe.

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Brexit – are you ready?

19 November 2020

UK ceased being a member of the European Union earlier this year and we are now in the transitional period.  The transition period runs until the end of 2020; however due to Covid 19 there has been little publicity about what changes will take place until now.

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Anti-Bullying Week 2020

18 November 2020 | Anoop Sodhi

This week (Monday 16th – Friday 20th November) marks Anti Bullying week.  Whether in school or at work, our society has no place for Bullying.

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Self-Isolation Government guidance

13 November 2020 | Jatinder Tara

Where an interaction between 2 people has taken place through a perspex (or equivalent) screen, this would not be considered enough contact, if there has been no other contact such as any of those indicated above.

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Employees breaking Covid19 rules

09 November 2020 | Anoop Sodhi

Recently the media has highlighted that we are now in the midst of a covid pandemic and that that all people have a responsibility to adhere to the Public Health of England rules, including self-isolation if the employee is at high risk of having covid 19 symptoms.

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Update: CJRS (Furlough Scheme) - extended!

05 November 2020

Earlier today the government announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended until 31st March 2021. A new policy paper outlining the extension has been issued; further details will be published on 10th November 2020.

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SMP Matter

30 October 2020 | Jatinder Tara

Statutory maternity pay (SMP) is paid as normal wages for up to 39 weeks of the 52 week maternity leave period at 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings (before tax) for the first 6 weeks and then at statutory rate of £151.20 or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower) for the…

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How to support employees with cancer

28 October 2020 | Anoop Sodhi

This year, race for life was held last month to raise awareness about cancer and to bring in vital funds to continue to research more about this deadly disease.

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Coronavirus Job Support Scheme FAQs

27 October 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is to end 31st October 2020 and in recognising the ongoing impact Covid -19 is having on businesses, the Government announced the launch of the Job Support Scheme (JSS) to take affect from 1st November 2020 which is to last for 6 months.

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ACAS Early Conciliation Procedure Changes

26 October 2020 | Jatinder Tara

ACAS early conciliation ("EC") has been in place since 6th April 2014 and became compulsory on or after 6th May 2014.

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World Menopause Day is 18th October 2020

18 October 2020 | Anoop Sodhi

October is World Menopause month. With almost 4 million working women over the age of 50, it is beneficial for the employer to understand the condition and effects that it will have within the workplace.

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Can a bonus paid under a settlement be tax free?

15 October 2020 | Jatinder Tara

Where an employer makes payments to employees under the terms of their employment contract, such payments are subject to income tax under s.62 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003.

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New Job Support Scheme

13 October 2020 | Jatinder Tara

The Job Support Scheme (JSS) is to come into effect on 1st November for a period of 6 months following the end of the furlough scheme on 31st October 2020 and it is the Government’s attempt to protect jobs and avoid redundancies.

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Jobs support scheme

07 October 2020

The government has launched a new job support scheme (JSS) in an attempt to keep staff employed and to avoid mass redundancies.

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Data Protection Considerations when testing for Covid19

05 October 2020

During the present Covid 19 crisis employers must take special care when handling sensitive personal data about an employee’s health issues.  This will apply to data collected about an employee’s ethnicity and race, sexual orientation, political views and union membership.

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The New Job Retention Bonus to help employers

30 September 2020

Many employers will be anxious about the ending of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on the 31 October 2020. To help employers the government will be introducing a new Job Retention Bonus.

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Race for life 26th September 2020

26 September 2020 | Anoop Sodhi

This year, race for life will be held on September 26th 2020 to raise awareness about cancer and to bring in vital funds to continue to research more about this deadly disease.  Many companies participate in ‘Race for life’ by sponsoring a fellow colleague/team to walk or run.

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HMRC given new powers under the UK Finance Act 2020

23 September 2020 | Raj Laxman

From the 22 July 2020 the HMRC have been granted the statutory authority to claw back any non-entitled payments made to employers through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and any other COVID 19 financial support payments.

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