Back to school — problems and solutions

19 October 2020

Schools have gone to great lengths to make a safe and healthy autumn return to the classroom possible. Despite high attendance figures, many heads report practical problems and a shortage of advice. The Government has updated its Covid-19 guidance. Jon Herbert reports.

Managing colds and flu at work during the pandemic

12 October 2020

As autumn sets in, employers and workers in the UK will, as usual, be anticipating seasonal colds and flu. However, this year’s winter flu season will pose some unique challenges — not least due to the extensive overlap in the symptoms of seasonal colds and the coronavirus. Vicky Powell looks at how best to manage seasonal flu and colds at work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Parental employment rights when children self-isolate

23 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.

Government advice for a safe September school return

24 July 2020

New DfE guidance details how pupils will return to English classrooms this autumn in ‘bubbles’ and closed groups designed to minimise further Covid-19 infections, manage any new symptoms safely, and create and maintain a new normality. Jon Herbert reports.

Face coverings for employees on public transport

24 July 2020

Mike Sopp considers the issue of whether employers should be providing face masks or coverings for those employees who have to use public transport to get to work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Covid-19: impact on children’s mental health

23 July 2020

Michael Evans considers the increasing problem of mental illness among children and young people, particularly in the light of their enforced isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic. Government initiatives to deal with this problem are also considered.