COVID-19 furlough scheme update

As many businesses are starting to reopen their doors the Government has made its coronavirus job retention scheme more flexible from July and employers are settling in to a new way of working. Business life may have drastically changed, but employment law still applies.

Coronavirus job retention scheme update

The Government has started to ease the lockdown allowing many more businesses to reopen. The furlough scheme will be more flexible from July and you will be able to bring staff back part time and furlough them for the remainder of their hours. From July the minimum period of furlough will be one week. Staff can still be furloughed more than once.

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Five Key Elements of a Fair Redundancy

An employee with two years’ service can bring a claim for unfair dismissal. Where an employee with a protected characteristic argues that their redundancy was discriminatory, they can bring a claim regardless of their length of employment.

Even if the need to make redundancies is obvious, employers still need to follow a fair procedure carefully.  This will nearly always involve the following 5 key elements:

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SCE Fundraiser as Total Warrior is postponed

As many of you know, SCE Solicitors have chosen Leeds Mind to support and raise money for. Leeds Mind aims to help people build on their strengths, overcome obstacles, and become more in control of their lives. This Sunday 28th June the team were set to take part in Total Warrior, sponsored by Leeds Mind.

https://www.totalwarrior.co.uk/

Due to Covid-19, unfortunately SCE’s plans to take part in Total Warrior 2020 have been postponed until June 2021.

Although Total Warrior may be cancelled, we can still come together to raise money for such a great cause. That is why we have decided to create some new challenges for ourselves throughout the month of July.

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Onboarding new employees during Covid-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have transitioned to a remote workforce. That means companies moving forward with hiring plans will most likely onboard new employees virtually. 

Certain fundamentals of onboarding should remain the same, according to Sally Stetson, principal and co-founder of executive search firm Salveson Stetson Group.

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3 tips to managing difficult employees without it affecting your own mental health

As mental health awareness week draws to an end for another year, I thought I would put thoughts to paper in respect of something, I personally feel, gets left out of this important discussion – the mental health of managers. So here at my thoughts.

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Returning from Furlough Leave

Steps Businesses should take during Covid-19, and how to get their staff back into work after returning from Furlough Leave

As businesses look at re-opening after lockdown and returning to some form of “new normal” we thought it would be a good idea to provide employers with guidance to returning to a safe environment as we continue to battle Covid-19.

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COVID-19 furlough scheme update and other key updates for employers

As the lockdown continues, the Government has extended access to its coronavirus job retention scheme and employers are settling in to a new way of working. Business life may have drastically changed, but employment law still applies.

You should check the Government website for the latest guidance in conjunction with this article, as the guidelines on the coronavirus (COVID-19) are changing daily. The guidance and the Treasury direction are inconsistent in places. You should speak to your solicitor for specific advice for your business.

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Ramadan – Fasting, and Employment Law during Covid-19

What is Ramadan?

The month of Ramadan is the holiest month of the Islamic year. It is when the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours, meaning they do not eat, drink or engage in sexual relations for the duration of their fast. Muslims observing Ramadan also increase in spiritual devotional acts such as prayer, giving to charity and strengthening family ties.  Muslims are encouraged to share their food with friends, family and neighbours and to reach out to those who may be fasting alone, to share their Ramadan experiences.

Fasting is one of the ‘five pillars’ of Islam. A key objective of fasting is to increase in taqwa (closeness to God), and to become more aware of yourself and have a sense of gratitude, self-discipline and self- improvement, at both an individual and community level 

In 2020, Ramadan begins on the 23 April. However, Ramadan this year is very different due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Everyone is having to adapt to changing circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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