With the first frantic days of lockdown behind us, XpertHR asked HR practitioners about the challenges facing them and their organisations as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues.
Employers want more flexibility built into the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - including an extension until at least September and the ability for employees to work reduced hours.
Furloughed workers taking parental or adoption leave will receive parental or adoption pay based on their usual earnings, not the lower rate they receive while on furlough.
Employers of essential workers in England who are self-isolating with symptoms of coronavirus can refer them for Covid-19 testing, meaning they can return to work if they test negative. Staff can also book tests directly.
Although the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme currently offers a short-term alternative to redundancies, when it comes to an end there is no doubt that many organisations will have no alternative but to make some of their workforce redundant. This raises the question for HR of how the redundancy consultation obligations run alongside this period of furlough. Consultant editor Darren Newman examines the issues.
With many employers potentially having to make redundancies as a result of the coronavirus crisis, consultant editor Darren Newman considers the likelihood of the "special circumstances" defence applying if they fail to comply with their collective consultation obligations.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme/Furlough leave.