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Running a collective consultation process can be challenging, even in "normal" circumstances. However, with staff working remotely, or on furlough, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is a process that has become even more complex. Nick Chronias, partner at DAC Beachcroft, sets out the legal and practical concerns for HR to consider when running a collective consultation process with a remote workforce.
A lack of definitive guidance, and the potentially serious consequences of inadvertently asking a furloughed employee to work, means that many employers are still uncertain about what amounts to working under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Jo Broadbent, Counsel Knowledge Lawyer at Hogan Lovells, provides legal and practical guidance on the issues that employers need to consider.
Until recently, Brexit dominated the news, but it has been off the agenda for many of us during the coronavirus pandemic. However, Brexit has not gone away and it will mean changes to the way we work. HR has a crucial role to play in planning for the impact of Brexit. We set out the key areas to think about now.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has already paid out more than £15 billion in grants. Given the sums involved, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) recognises there is potential for fraud - and has seen around 800 reports of fraudulent applications. Graham Brown reports on the consequences for unscrupulous employers.
With many people either working from home or furloughed for the past two months, there has been much discussion about the impact of lockdown on employees' mental health, but what about the effect on their physical health and what could this mean for the return to work?
Lockdown has presented difficulties for companies involved in internal investigations, dealing with whistleblowers, grievance claims and disciplinary processes. Ivor Adair examines the latest Acas guidance on the subject and explains the key issues and solutions.
With employers required to top up furloughed employees' pay for any annual leave they take, many will be anxious to avoid this extra expense at the current time. However, the result could be a glut of holiday requests towards the end of the leave year. Consultant editor Darren Newman looks at how the coronavirus amendments to the Working Time Regulations may help employers facing this situation.
Although guidance on the next phases of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is not expected until later this month, employers need to start planning what their workforces will look like now, writes Mark Kaye.
Employers could be exposing themselves to allegations of discrimination if they require employees who live with a clinically vulnerable person to return to work. Sophie Vanhegan examines the risks.
Employers in England are being encouraged to reopen workplaces to staff who cannot work from home, while those in other parts of the UK are likely to be making plans ahead of similar moves. Sheila Attwood reports on how respondents to XpertHR's fourth HR and coronavirus survey are preparing for the return to work.
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