Commentary and analysis

All items: Coronavirus

  • Covid-19 and recession: Is redundancy the only option?

    Date:
    15 September 2020

    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.

  • GDPR: Business needs Europe-wide track and trace cohesion

    Date:
    7 August 2020

    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.

  • Coronavirus and travel: Seven questions about quarantine

    Date:
    28 July 2020

    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.

  • Spanish holidays: how should employers handle staff quarantine?

    Date:
    27 July 2020

    Employers should prepare policies that outline how they will handle employees who are forced to quarantine after travelling abroad.

  • The next ethical dilemma: Do we pay back furlough?

    Date:
    21 July 2020

    Firms like Asos, Taylor Wimpey and Ikea are repaying furlough money, while others, such as Primark and Rightmove, say they will not take up the job retention bonus. What's their motivation?

  • Furlough fraud: How employers can ensure their CJRS claims are lawful

    Date:
    16 July 2020

    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.

  • Reaction: Is the job retention bonus a drop in the ocean?

    Date:
    8 July 2020

    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.

  • Coronavirus: Promoting employee engagement as the lockdown is lifted

    Date:
    2 July 2020

    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.

  • What are the implications of the test and trace service for employers?

    Date:
    26 June 2020

    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.

  • Seven things employers need to know about flexible furlough

    Date:
    16 June 2020

    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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Commentary and analysis: HR and legal information and guidance relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19).