Coronavirus (COVID-19) — what are the current health concerns for the UK?

26 May 2020

Within a few months the global coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has spread to almost every country in the world. In the UK at its peak, the number of patients in intensive care was estimated to be doubling every 3-4 days. Now numbers of new cases are beginning to decline in most affected countries. Deborah Bellamy reviews current the information available about the virus and what the public health concerns are for the UK.

How to guide for furlough

12 May 2020

This article provides guidance for managing furlough and the Job Retention Scheme. This information is being continually checked and updated where necessary where Government guidance changes.

Guidance on managing coronavirus issues at work

24 April 2020

As the number of cases in the UK and abroad continue to rise, the situation is quickly evolving. There are a number of risks posed by the virus that employers will need to be aware of, and it is important to remember that employers have a duty of care towards their employees and should take reasonable steps to protect the health and safety of their workforce. This information is being continually checked and updated.

How much does an EAP cost?

24 April 2020

An EAP — an employee assistance programme — is one of the benefits that can be offered to employees to support them in challenging times. But how much do employee assistance programmes cost, and are they worth it?

Emergency volunteer leave

22 April 2020

On 26 March 2020, as part of emergency coronavirus legislation, the Government outlined future plans to introduce more volunteering that can assist the health and social care sector during the outbreak.

Health, safety and goodwill during Ramadan

18 April 2020

At Ramadan, participating employees often have to manage extra physical and mental stresses, fatigue and dehydration. Jon Herbert describes how flexibility, discussion and forward planning from employers can help everyone involved.

Employee mental health and the coronavirus

17 April 2020

With the coronavirus lockdown extended, employees may be struggling with their mental health, especially if they are working from home for the first time. Ben McCarthy, lead researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, outlines ways of tackling this issue.

Eight essential coronavirus Q&As

16 April 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak is a continously fast-moving subject. Please refer to the GOV.UK’s website for the latest updates.