Government announces new Brexit Freedom Bill

4 February 2022

Two years on from “Getting Brexit Done”, the Government has marked the occasion with the announcement of a new “Brexit Freedoms Bill”. A campaigner for Brexit and freedom from EU regulation, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Government has declared their intention to review all retained EU law and identify areas within which reform needs to be prioritised so as to reassert UK sovereignty by “unlocking growth” in ways tailored to the UK market.

Mandatory Covid vaccines under review

3 February 2022

The Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, threw many employers in the care sector into confusion with his announcement that the Government would be consulting on the removal of the vaccine mandate for those in health and social care.

Mandatory vaccination in domiciliary care — how to minimise the impact on staffing

1 February 2022

The deadline of 3 February 2022 is approaching for existing, unvaccinated staff in non-residential adult social care to have their first Covid-19 dose, in time to be able to receive their second dose by the 1 April 2022 deadline. Now that the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published its national operational guidance on vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD) in wider social care settings, providers can see what they need to do to comply whilst working to reduce any negative impacts on staff retention, recruitment and wellbeing.

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

6 January 2022

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme repays employers the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid to employees. SSP can be claimed for employees who were off work on or before 30 September 2021 and is payable even where individuals no longer work for the business.

Supporting staff through Blue Monday

6 January 2022

Blue Monday is set to take place on Monday 17 January 2022. This marks the supposedly “most depressing day of the year.” Whilst the come-down after the festive period is undeniable — many are worn out from running from pillar to post and entertaining those family members, who for the most part, are successfully avoided. However, there has been growing criticism in previous years over the toll such a day takes on individuals who are already struggling with their mental health. Many worry in advance, thinking the Monday will be gloomier than all others. As such, it’s important for employers to leverage their stance on this carefully, to ensure they are supporting their people in the best possible way.

What’s coming for HR in 2022?

4 January 2022

A new year, a new start and a new focus for HR teams! 2021 was, arguably, the year of reactivity, to constantly stay up to date and comply with the Government’s ever-changing rules and regulations. However, as we move into 2022, we’re in a much better position to plan for what’s coming and be pro-active in assessing the impacts proposed changes may have on individual organisations. While it’s impossible to ever be 100% certain (a lesson sorely learned in 2021 — thanks Covid!), we’ve outlined the key measures which are expected in the coming months.

2021: HR year in review

30 December 2021

2021 has unquestionably raised unique challenges and opportunities. HR teams have been thrown an abundance of new laws, precedents, guidance and practices, so have been working tirelessly to ensure compliance and satisfaction from their individual organisations. It’s important to look back on the changes which have been implemented and assess what is needed for a successful 2022.

Mandatory Covid vaccines in care homes Q&As

10 December 2021

Since the announcement that the Government was to make Covid vaccination a legal requirement for workers in some care homes, employers are concerned about how it affects them and their staff. Nicola Mullineux, Content Manager at Croner-i, explores the typical Q&As regarding mandatory Covid vaccines in care homes.

Mandatory Covid vaccine in health and wider social care settings Q&As

10 December 2021

Since the announcement that the Government was to make Covid vaccination a legal requirement for workers in health and wider social care settings, employers are concerned about how it affects them and their staff. Laura Davie, Content Consultant at Croner-i, explores the typical Q&As regarding mandatory Covid vaccines in health and wider social care settings.

Coronavirus vaccine and your employees — HR considerations

9 December 2021

A vaccine to prevent serious health effects from coronavirus has been developed and made available to the public. In this article, Nicola Mullineux, Group Content Manager at Croner-i explores the top questions employers may have surrounding the vaccine, such as requiring employees to be vaccinated and more.