Commentary and analysis

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  • Coronavirus: How HR can help after the death of an employee

    Date:
    9 April 2020

    When an employee dies, HR needs to ensure that the news is communicated sensitively and managers support their teams as they grieve. This will be more difficult than ever during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Jo Faragher shares some expert guidance.

  • Coronavirus: How can we prepare for a leader falling ill?

    Date:
    9 April 2020

    With the Prime Minister in intensive care, the Cabinet is finding a new "business as usual" while its leader recuperates. As more organisations could face periods of self-isolation or worse for senior managers, how can they prepare?

  • Directors' rights and responsibilities under CJRS

    Date:
    9 April 2020

    On 4 April, HM Revenue and Customs published new guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Up until now, there has been much debate over whether directors can be furloughed under the CJRS. Nabila Chikhi and Emilie Cole of law firm Irwin Mitchell discuss the furloughing of directors and what work they can still do when on furlough as statutory office holders.

  • Coronavirus: Ensuring the wellbeing of those still at work

    Date:
    9 April 2020

    For many key workers, homeworking is not an option. Graham Brown looks at how employers are attempting to keep those people who still need to go in to work healthy and engaged during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • Working from home: do staff have suitable equipment?

    Date:
    8 April 2020

    With the UK entering its third week of lockdown, the majority of the workforce continues to work from home. However, there still remains numerous challenges with this almost-overnight switch to remote working.

  • Mental health support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

    Date:
    7 April 2020

    Regular communications, mental health first-aiders, employee assistance programmes and online resources all have an important part to play in employers' efforts to support their employees' mental health during the current crisis.

  • Soon-to-expire visas: do new Home Office allowances provide enough relief?

    Date:
    7 April 2020

    Companies that employ overseas citizens with soon-to-expire visas may be feeling anxious about how they will be affected by the travel bans and other restrictions brought by the coronavirus. New government allowances and guidance could provide some relief but, as Jonathan Beech asks, do these go far enough?

  • Annual leave and furlough under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

    Date:
    6 April 2020

    With HR now grappling with the question of how furloughing under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme impacts on employees' ability to take - and their employer's ability to require them to take - annual leave, consultant editor Darren Newman examines the relevant issues.

  • Five ways to keep employees engaged during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis

    Date:
    6 April 2020

    With workers up and down the country being furloughed or forced to work from home, Graham Brown looks at what HR can do to help employees stay motivated, engaged and connected.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Recruitment challenges during the pandemic

    Date:
    6 April 2020

    What should employers do if they have new hires due to start work during the current crisis? Jo Faragher asks HR professionals and recruitment specialists for their advice.