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Dusting off disciplinary procedures post Covid

The last 18 months have seen employers turn on a dime to keep their business on track, while guarding the health and wellbeing of staff and customers.  While flexibility has been key, it has also been important to update and comply with frequently changing health and safety policies.

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New Government Covid-19 Self Isolation Guidelines Explained

New legislation is set to change the current government guidelines for Covid 19 self-isolation. From the 16 August 2021 any individual who has been identified as being within close contact of a Covid-19 case may no longer need to self-isolate for the mandatory 10 days.

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My top 10 lessons learned from 10 years in practice

When I set up SCE Solicitors in 2011, I had a good idea of where I wanted to take the business and the kinds of clients I wanted to help. I knew of course that I would be able to draw on my years’ experience working in practice. But when setting up in business for the first time, there are some things you can’t plan for – some aspects of running a business that you perhaps haven’t thought of or simply haven’t had the experience of.

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Key employment cases regarding coronavirus and Supreme Court decisions

Despite the success of the vaccine programme, the impact of the pandemic on businesses will continue for some time.  For example, when the furlough scheme ends in the autumn, it is expected that the number of employment tribunal claims will rise and case law will take even longer to filter through to policies and practice.

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Can employers insist employees get vaccinated?

The rollout of the vaccination programme has been welcomed as the beginning of the end for the Covid-19 pandemic. For many employers, ensuring their workforce is vaccinated is an important step in getting their business back to operating as usual. However, the effects of ‘vaccine hesitancy’ and the anti-vaccine movement may mean that some employees refuse to be vaccinated.

How employers respond to choices around vaccinations brings into play employment law, data protection law and human rights and here we answer 5 common questions.

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Furlough – what is it?

A furlough is “a temporary layoff from work.” People who get furloughed usually get to return to their job after a furlough.

Who is eligible?

All UK businesses regardless of industry or size.

The scheme is open to all UK employers that had a PAYE scheme in place on 28 February 2020.

Any organisation with employees can apply, including charities, recruitment agencies and public authorities; however, the government does not expect public sector employers to use it as long as central government continues funding wage costs in the normal way.  With agency employees, the scheme is only available for agency employees who are not working.

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Coronavirus – Updated Guidance for Employers (17 March 2020)

Information about the Virus

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

The NHS website has more information about how coronavirus is spread and answers common questions asked.

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