The US election and workplace politics

29 October 2020

With the US Presidential Election taking place on 3 November, it is more important than ever to consider the potential harm that political discussions can cause at work. With this in mind, Ben McCarthy, lead employment law writer and researcher at Croner-i, explores some key areas to be aware of.

Guidance on managing coronavirus issues at work

29 October 2020

The risks from Covid-19 are still very much present in the workplace 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.

Job Support Scheme — FAQs

29 October 2020

On 24 September 2020, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced his Winter Economy Plan designed to protect jobs and support businesses over the coming months. As part of the Plan, the Chancellor announced the Job Support Scheme (JSS) which will replace the Job Retention Scheme (JRS).

The Job Retention Scheme and Job Support Scheme: what’s the difference?

29 October 2020

On 24 September 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the new Job Support Scheme, aimed at helping businesses retain staff over the coming months and serve as a replacement to the Job Retention (furlough) Scheme. Ben McCarthy, lead researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, explores key differences between these two schemes below. This article has been updated to incorporate the several changes to the scheme from that which was originally announced.

Getting the most out of virtual learning

20 October 2020

Judith Christian-Carter, individual learning consultant, takes a look at how virtual learning can be used to meet the needs of both learners and organisations in today’s restricted and “lock-downed” environment.

Daylight saving time — the implications for employers and shifts

19 October 2020

With daylight saving time coming to an end at 2am on Sunday 25 October 2020, and starting again at 1am on Sunday 28 March 2021, employers should decide what this means for staff who are working when the clocks change. Ben McCarthy, employment law writer at Croner-i, outlines the points to consider.

Post furlough scheme options for employers

19 October 2020

On 20 March 2020, the Government announced its plans for financial assistance, called the Job Retention Scheme, to help employers retain staff for an extended period of time due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The scheme was aimed at avoiding lay-offs or redundancies where employers were unable to offer work to their employees.

10 ways to optimise homeworking

16 October 2020

As working from home becomes the new normal for many, Laura King outlines 10 considerations to help ensure the home office is safe and productive.

Conducting remote redundancies

14 October 2020

Given the global economic situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, employers who are considering making redundancies are exploring the option of doing so virtually whether staff are back in the office or still working from home. Opeyemi Ogundeji, researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, explores this in more detail below.

Impact of a NMW “emergency break”

14 October 2020

A report by the Sunday Telegraph suggests that the Government may be considering scrapping the annual increase of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) next year. Opeyemi Ogundeji, researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, explores this in more detail below.