Guidance on managing coronavirus issues at work

29 May 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.

Being a family-friendly employer

27 May 2020

Working parents are afforded certain rights under employment law and employers need to ensure they are aware of them. Not only can failure in this area result in costly discrimination claims, it can also mean the difference between a low or a high retention rate. Ben McCarthy, employment law writer at Croner-i, outlines points that employers can consider when aiming to be family-friendly employers.

Supporting employees who work flexibly

27 May 2020

Flexible working as an employee benefit has grown in stature since the legal entitlement to request flexibility was opened to all employees with 26 weeks’ service in 2014. Prior to this date, employees could only submit a request where the flexibility was related to their childcare or dependant care responsibilities.

Work equipment safety: back to basics

26 May 2020

What constitutes work equipment? What are the requirements under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998? Fiona Burns, Croner consultant, reminds employers about their key responsibilities.

COVID-19’s impact on UK occupations and employees

21 May 2020

How does coronavirus affect different occupational groups? Office for National Statistics (ONS) data, which highlights impacts on UK society, the economy and specific worker groups, is a searchable guidance resource — with added analysis drawing on US figures and experiences. Jon Herbert investigates.

Self-directed learning

19 May 2020

Judith Christian-Carter, learning consultant, takes a look at how organisations can move from directed learning to self-directed learning and the role that L&D can play in this transformation.

COVID Secure: working safely in factories, plants and warehouses

19 May 2020

As businesses look to re-open following lockdown, the UK Government has published a set of guidance documents to assist a range of workplaces with advice on establishing safe operations. Gordon Tranter considers the advice given to people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses.

Coronavirus and Government assistance

18 May 2020

John Davison explains the Government COVID-19 assistance available to businesses announced to date. It is expected that further measures will be revealed and some detail of the assistance is not yet available. The situation is further complicated as there are different assistance packages for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, mainly effecting rates relief and grants.