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Covid-19 - Track and trace

16 June 2020

With many people unsure about entering the workplace due to Covid 19, the government has introduced a new ‘track and trace’ scheme to heighten the ‘stay alert, control the virus, save lives’ process.

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Employment contract terms before TUPE takes place

09 June 2020

Where on the facts the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 as amended applies (TUPE), then the employees of the outgoing employer (the transferor) automatically transfer to the incoming employer (transferee)...

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Covid-19: Flexible working

03 June 2020 | Anoop Sodhi

The Coronavirus epidemic has forced many businesses to look at new ways of working to ensure that business needs are met.

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Employers in administration with furloughed employees

28 May 2020 | Raj Laxman

The Covid19 crisis in the United Kingdom has bought before the High Court an unprecedented legal matter that affects insolvency practitioners acting as administrators for insolvent companies with furloughed employees.

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Returning to work

27 May 2020 | Shabir Karatella

As an employee, you are governed by the contract of employment, and this will usually stipulate your usual place of work where you are required to work.

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Holiday entitlement during Coronavirus

20 May 2020 | Anoop Sodhi

Since the introduction of Furlough back in March 2020, employers are now contemplating how to manage holiday entitlement.  Though furlough is a temporary measure of leave from work, all employees will continue to accrue annual leave.

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Mental Health Awareness Week - 18th to 24th May 2020

15 May 2020

It is Mental Health Awareness week on 18th May.  Research and reports show approximately one in four people in the are experiencing or will experience mental health problems every year.

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Easing Lockdown – What does it mean? What can I do?

12 May 2020

On Sunday Boris Johnson set out his roadmap of easing England’s lockdown; further guidance was announced on Monday and there is more to follow.  Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own rules.

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Returning back to work from COVID-19 isolation

06 May 2020

In March 2020 the Government introduced the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) which allowed employers to furlough employees.  The aim of the CJRS is to avoid mass job losses and help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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Employee misconduct outside contract of employment

04 May 2020

Vicarious liability is where an employer can be held liable for things their employee has done.  On 1st April in the case of WM Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants 2020, the Supreme Court gave it’s judgment on vicarious liability.

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The impact of COVID19 and managing your mental health

27 April 2020 | Anoop Sodhi

The impact of Covid-19 has had an incredible impact on the world, resulting in huge uncertainties for many people.  People are in fear of their lives as well as their jobs and finances. This alone can be mentally straining and stressful therefore how can we cope with the pressure of an uncertain fut…

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Provision of personal protective equipment

23 April 2020 | Shabir Karatella

The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992 require employers to provide all personal protective equipment (PPE) deemed to be necessary to their staff, in order to ensure their safety whilst carrying out their duties.

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COVID-19: Government proposal to help businesses avoid insolvency

20 April 2020 | Raj Laxman

On the 28 March 2020 Alok Sharma the Business Secretary proclaimed government proposals to adjust the insolvency laws to enable companies to have a fighting chance to continue trading.

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How HR plays a key role in the Coronavirus crisis

14 April 2020 | Hema Mistry

As we continue in lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis; companies must quickly adapt in how they continue operating and people manage their staff.

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A few tips for working from home

26 March 2020 | Andy Hooke

Given the current situation and following the government’s latest advice, we thought it may be a good time to provide some advice on working from home for those who are able to as part of their job role.

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Coronavirus: Self-Isolation

24 March 2020

Yesterday (Monday 23rd March 2020), Boris Johnson announced further measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and deal with the national emergency. We are in effect on ‘lock down’.

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Coronavirus: Job Retention Scheme

24 March 2020

On Friday 20 March 2020, the Chancellor announced an intervention to protect the jobs of those facing likely redundancy as a result of the impact Coronavirus is having on the UK.

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Coronavirus Update

23 March 2020 | Jatinder Tara

As the impact of Covid-19 rapidly affects our everyday activities, we provide as below some guidance information on HR/employment matters that is current as at 22nd March 2020.

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What’s in store for 2020

11 March 2020

Gender pay gap reporting must be submitted by 30 March 2020 for public sector employers who employ 250 or more staff and 4 April 2020 for private company or a charity who employ 250 or more staff.

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Private life of a whistle blowing employee

05 March 2020 | Raj Laxman

The Court of Appeal in Tiplady v City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council held that in order for the Employment Rights Act 1996 to apply, an employee must suffer a detriment in the field of employment in to bring a whistleblowing claim.

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Meet the Quest Experts

Hema Mistry

Head of Operations

With over 20 years experience in HR, Hema draws her expert specialist knowledge from a broad range of industries, including employment advisory and consultancy services, retail, manufacturing and leisure. Being MCIPD qualified enables her to quickly understand how organisations operate, how to interact with their business leaders and to deliver effective commercial and practical solutions.

Andy Hooke

Health, Safety & Training Business Partner

Andy is NEBOSH trained and a technical member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH). Andy is often found studying the latest updates to legislation to keep his knowledge up to date and provide the best advice. With a passion for health and safety and experience in a range of environments from large corporates to small business, Andy is well placed to support you in all your health and safety needs.

Jill Colston

HR and Training Business Partner

Jill has over 14 years’ experience in HR & Training. Having started a career as a police officer; she changed careers to HR & Training dealing with Equality & Diversity in the workplace. Jill is passionate about Diversity, Inclusion and HR and has supported companies in managing their HR and training needs. She has a wealth of expertise across HR, dealing with challenging casework, company restructure projects, mediation, training, organisational development systems; equality and diversity.

Arti Patel

HR Business Partner

Arti has a strong background in HR and is a fully qualified CIPD member. She has worked with challenging casework and has a good understanding of how to deal with workplace matters as they arise.

Jatinder Tara

Advice Line Team Leader

Jatinder is qualified non-practising Solicitor, he has over 22 years advisory experience in Employment law, HR matters and Employment Tribunal litigation. He manages the legal and HR advice line team ensuring the delivery of advice is effective verbally and in correspondence. He has experience in training and coaching work colleagues in all aspects of legal and employment matters. With his sound understanding of issues arising with in the workplace environment, Jatinder aims to deliver clear and concise client focussed advice.

Anoop Sodhi

HR Employment Relations Advisor

Anoop is an experienced HR Advisor and is part of the Telephone Advice Line Team. Anoop has worked in both the public and private sector, providing Employment Law advice ranging from grievances, disciplinaries, performance management, attendance management and mediation. Anoop is a trained mediator and provides down to earth, pragmatic, commercial advice. Outside of work, Anoop actively participates as a CIPD Board Member of East Midlands.

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