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?

How to identify genuine PPE

4 May 2020

We are a small business and need to purchase some PPE for our essential workers. Does CE marking mean it is genuine?

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 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?

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?

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?

Bank holidays — forcing staff to take annual leave

7 April 2020

My staff do not have the entitlement to leave on bank holidays written into their contracts.  This year I wish the business to close for a week over a bank holiday period.  How should I go about this?

COVID-19: facemasks

24 March 2020

I have been categorised as a key worker and so am still going to work each day. Should I consider wearing a facemask to protect myself from COVID-19?