Commentary and analysis

All items: Managing employees/workers

  • 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.

  • Lifting the lockdown: Towards permanent homeworking

    Date:
    8 June 2020

    Many organisations moved to large-scale homeworking overnight when coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown arrangements were introduced. But as governments ease restrictions, some are now actively considering whether or not the arrangements could be made permanent.

  • Coronavirus and carrying over annual leave

    Date:
    27 May 2020

    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.

  • Investigations and Covid-19: employers need a pandemic-proof toolkit

    Date:
    27 May 2020

    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.

  • Coronavirus lockdown: How can HR manage ongoing disciplinary issues?

    Date:
    17 April 2020

    With the coronavirus crisis resulting in an unexpected period of homeworking for much of the workforce, consultant editor Darren Newman considers the approach HR might take to managing employee relations processes during this time.

  • 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.

  • We're living in capsules now, but let's take the positives

    Date:
    9 April 2020

    In the first in a series of posts about living and working at home, dealing with the challenges and conflicts that may occur, Professor Binna Kandola finds that the "capsule environment" can be a positive experience, one we will look back on with pride.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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