Implications of coronavirus local lockdown measures

10 September 2020

Reader note — December 2020. This article refers to self-isolation periods of 14 days which was correct at the time it was written. Please note that self-isolation periods have undergone adjustment and may no longer be 14 days.

Furlough fraud penalties confirmed by HMRC

10 September 2020

According to reports, the number of fraudulent claims has continued to increase in recent weeks as exploitation of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the furlough scheme) becomes a new Government threat. HMRC has announced the penalties that can be imposed on the employers who commit furlough fraud. Opeyemi Ogundeji, researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, explores this in more detail below.

Creating safer workplaces for black and minority workers

4 September 2020

The experience of black, Asian and minority ethnic people in the workplace is distinct in many ways. Racial abuse from customers, race-based bullying and harassment along with subtle and overt workplace discrimination can all come together to create a powerful and toxic cocktail which can have damaging ill-health effects on workers — as well as negatively impacting the organisation. Vicky Powell looks at the latest advice on creating a healthier working environment for black and other minority ethnic workers.

Coronavirus and the world of work

2 September 2020

This article explores the impact of the pandemic on working lives and the changes to working practice in response to the crisis. Tricia Palmer, HR consultant in HR, interim director and leadership and personal coach, reviews the approaches employers have taken to respond to the new working environment, and how people are reacting to those changes. Much has been written about the “new normal”, so Tricia draws on an analysis of some of the literature, plus her personal experience of working in a London Borough during the early days of the pandemic.

The furlough scheme — what is changing in September?

26 August 2020

For many employers, August has been the start of a very important period of post-coronavirus economic recovery. However, as September begins, employers need to be aware of the details pertaining to some upcoming changes to the Job Retention Scheme. Ben McCarthy, senior researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, outlines this in more details below.

Grey fleet management

25 August 2020

For many people, the most dangerous thing they do at work is drive on the public highway. Gordon Tranter considers the importance of managing the use of employees’ own vehicles for business.

Remote working and virtual learning

25 August 2020

Judith Christian-Carter takes an initial look at providing virtual learning with those working remotely both now and in the future.

Changing employee working hours

19 August 2020

Given the current situation in the UK, there will be many businesses which will want to save costs. It is also highly likely businesses will want to avoid redundancies. One way to do both of these things is to change the working hours of an employee. In this article, Croner outlines how businesses can stay compliant and provide the correct amount of notice.