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At Risk of Redundancy – Informing Employees

In our recent blogs, we have explored how employers may be able to avoid redundancies by saving employment costs in other ways, such as by asking employees to undertake alternative studies or change their working hours. However, unfortunately, there may be some occasions when it is necessary to reduce headcount, and during these economically uncertain […]

COVID-19 SSP Update

Entitlement to Statutory Sick Pay extended to employees advised to self-isolate for 14 days prior to operation On 26 August 2020, there were further updates to the Coronavirus related statutory sick pay Regulations and entitlement. The Regulations extend the entitlement to statutory sick pay (SSP) to employees who: Have been notified in writing by a […]

Changes to Working Hours

As the government’s job retention scheme is phased out over the coming months, according to recent reports, 12% of the UK’s workforce are currently still on furlough leave.  Many employers who currently have employees on furlough leave are therefore likely to be considering what options they have to reduce costs before the end of the […]

CRJS Bonus Scheme Update

The details have now been announced on the retention scheme aimed at securing employment for those employees previously furloughed. If you continue employment between the period of November 2020 and January 2021 for those previously furloughed employees the government will provide you with a £1,000 bonus if you meet the below criteria. Claim for employees […]

Voluntary Redundancy FAQs

In this latest blog in our series on cost saving options for employers, the View HR team have compiled and set out our answers to the most commonly asked questions about the topic of voluntary redundancy. Q – Do I always have to offer voluntary redundancy before starting to consult individually on possible compulsory redundancies? […]

Asking Employees to Undertake Alternative Duties

The BBC recently reported that gift-shop employee Sandra Gilbert had quit her job after being asked to clean the toilets by her employer. In these times of Coronavirus, it is increasingly likely that employers may need to ask employees to undertake different duties; either as a result of changed working practices (such as a need […]

New law to ensure full redundancy payments

From today, 31 July 2020, the Government has announced a new law to ensure Furloughed employees receive full pay for any redundancy payments based on their normal wages, rather than a reduced furlough rate. This will hopefully cement the decision employers’ make when making employees redundant, if they were previously unsure. So what is the […]

Cost Savings for Employers

As increasing numbers of businesses are able to reopen following lockdown, and employers are required to begin contributing to the costs of any employees taking furlough leave from the start of August, employers may find themselves in a position of having to think about how to reduce costs. There will be some cases where making […]

Working from Home – The New Normal?

In recent months many employees have been working from home, in line with government guidance to do so where possible.  However, with a recent survey finding that just 13% of parents want to go back to pre-pandemic ways of working, with most people saying they would prefer to spend a maximum of three days in […]

Steps to Handling Flexible Working Requests

HR Magazine has recently reported on recent surveys that found that 60% of HR leaders thought that there will be more remote working in the future, and that 95% of workers favour a return to the office following development of a coronavirus vaccine, but desire greater flexibility in working hours. When the current period of […]

Bonus scheme for retaining furloughed workers announced

Rishi Sunak has revealed a range of measures designed to save jobs and boost the economy following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Chancellor has announced a new job retention bonus as part of its “A Plan for Jobs 2020”. On Wednesday 8th July, Rishi Sunak announced a £1,000 “job retention bonus” for employers that bring […]

How to Respond to Employee Whistleblowing

What is Whistleblowing and why is it so important to be reminded about it now? Whistleblowing is when an employee raises a concern about a potential wrongdoing, usually in the workplace, that is in the public interest, i.e. something that affects others and not just them (if it just affects them then this would be […]

Flexible Furlough Scheme Additional Update

There has been a slight update on the Flexible Furlough Scheme (FFS) payment rules for you to be aware of. Under the FFS arrangement, there is now confirmation that the employer WILL top up wages to the 80% for those on furlough rather than ‘should’. From 1 July, employers have the flexibility to bring previously furloughed employees […]

How the Furlough Scheme (CJRS) will operate from July 1st

(Correct as of 13th June 2020) Main Principles Prior to 1 July 2020, employees on furlough could not undertake any work for you other than training. From 1 July, you will be able to: claim for employees who have previously been furloughed for at least 3 consecutive weeks taking place any time between 1 March […]

Maternity Leave and Furlough

Working parents on statutory maternity and paternity leave, who are returning to work before October 2020, will be eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). The government announced on 9th June that parents on statutory maternity and paternity leave who return to work in the coming months after a long period of absence will be permitted […]

Changes to Furlough as of July 2020

July is a pivotal month for the Job Retention Scheme.  Whilst the financial support package within the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme is not changing, there are some other very significant changes to be aware of. From 1 July, furlough rebate claim periods will no longer be able to overlap calendar months. This is necessary to […]

Responding to Coronavirus-Related Racism in the Workplace

In May 2020 it was reported that hate crime directed at south and east Asian communities increased by 21% during the Coronavirus crisis, with shocking examples of offences including harassment and assault, such as punching, spitting and coughing, and verbal abuse. Race hate crimes are defined by ACAS as:  “acts of violence or hostility against […]

New Flexible Furlough Scheme and Statutory Sick Pay (Track and Trace Amendments) Update

As of last week, we have some interesting amendments and changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and to the SSP process in relation to the new track and trace system. Here is our summary of the changes with the most vital points highlighted. As always, we are awaiting further clarification on some points and […]

Employees Raising Covid-19 Safety Concerns

On Sunday 10th May 2020, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave an address to the nation, within which he said: “We now need to stress that anyone who can’t work from home, for instance those in construction or manufacturing, should be actively encouraged to go to work.” As a result, many employers have been busy […]

Holiday Entitlement during Covid 19

While it was confirmed in April that furloughed workers could themselves request to take annual leave without breaking furlough, many questions remained. Here’s some key elements as it currently stands today: An employee can ask an employer to take annual leave during their furlough leave period. Where the annual leave is authorised, an employee’s days […]

COVID-19: Guidance for employers

Never in our lifetime have employers had to deal with such a fast-changing, disruptive and stressful environment as that caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. The outbreak of coronavirus, officially Covid-19, raises points and many questions of employment law, immigration, health and safety and data protection law for UK employers. Specific advice should be sought where […]

Government Job Retention Scheme: Furlough Leave (As We Understand It On Monday 6th April)

Please see our latest blog for guidance for employers. Please note that this note was produced on Monday 6th April and is likely to become outdated with ever changing Government measures and guidance. Please check with your Accountant and against Government guidelines when looking to adopt Furlough Leave. On Saturday 4th April, the Government updated […]

Government Job Retention Scheme: Furlough Leave (As We Understand It on Monday 23 March)

Please see our latest blog for guidance for employers. Please note that this note was produced on Monday 23 March and is likely to become out dated with ever changing Government measures and guidance. Please check with your Accountant and against Government guidelines when looking to adopt Furlough Leave. On Friday 20 March, the Government […]

Temporary Homeworking Policy

In response to the current Coronavirus pandemic crisis and Government guidance, our employees may find themselves needing to work from home. At this stage, we are unable to determine how long homeworking may be necessary. To help businesses faced with this situation, we have produced a basic temporary homeworking policy, so please download it for […]