With job losses never far from the headlines and the end of the furlough scheme looming, businesses are evaluating the future shape of their workforce. Adam Penman explains how HR should approach redundancy decisions and reflects on the alternatives.
A more coordinated approach across Europe over what track and trace measures employers can use would allow businesses to return employees to work more safely and avoid the risks of a legal minefield, a leading law firm is arguing.
On Saturday, the Government announced that anyone returning from Spain, including the Balearics and Canaries, must self-isolate on their return to the UK for 14 days. Jo Moseley, senior associate solicitor at Irwin Mitchell, considers the employment law implications of quarantine.
Recent furlough fraud arrests have focused minds among HR professionals on ensuring that their use of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme stays above board and there are no errors and poor record-keeping that could lead to investigation by HMRC. Taylor Wessing's Colin Godfrey offers guidance.
The £1,000 incentive to bring back employees from furlough has been described as "inconsequential" and potentially not enough to prevent employers from making large-scale redundancies in the coming months.
The return to the workplace has started for many organisations, but that workplace is likely to look very different to the pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) one, and HR professionals are already looking at how their practices will need to change to adapt.
Employers are being asked to "play their part" in the NHS test and trace service by encouraging workers to comply with requests to self-isolate and to support them while they are in isolation. Jo Broadbent, Counsel Knowledge Lawyer at Hogan Lovells, explores some of the legal and practical issues for employers of the test and trace service.
Late last week the Government published the first full guidance on the new flexible furlough scheme coming into force on 1 July. Joanne Moseley, senior associate solicitor at Irwin Mitchell, examines the key details.
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