Coronavirus safety in car sharing

18 May 2020

I understand that the Government now says that we can car-share to work with people not from our household. How can we make this as safe as possible?

Requesting a furloughed employee to return

15 May 2020

As I can now reopen my workplace, I am planning to take some of my staff off furlough. How much notice do I need to give an employee to bring them back from furlough?

Coronavirus — the Government’s furlough scheme

12 May 2020

I may have to lay off a significant number of my staff as a result of the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus. I understand that I can obtain financial help from the Government. Can you summarise the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention (“Furlough”) Scheme for me?

May 2020 — Early Bank Holiday change

23 April 2020

I have read about the change in date of this year’s Early May Bank Holiday and how it may affect holidays from an employment law perspective. Can you please advise?  

Ramadan and holiday entitlement

15 April 2020

A number of my employees are practising Muslims. They have complained that they consider themselves to be forced to take time off over Christmas (because we have a one week shut down) and yet they have to use up their holiday entitlement if they want to take time off over Ramadan, which lasts for a month. They believe this amounts to religious discrimination. What can we do?

Ramadan and night shift working

15 April 2020

One of the essential workers on my night shift is a follower of the Islamic faith, and has come to me to talk about Ramadan. With so many of the workforce off sick, we cannot allow her to take annual leave over this period as she usually does. What provisions should we put in place to allow her to consume food and drink and take part in prayers through the night?

Bank holidays — forcing staff to work

7 April 2020

I need staff to come into work over Easter. I do not recognise a trade union so there is no collective agreement to this effect. Can I force the staff to work on any bank holiday?