With schools potentially out for summer, the practical challenges of managing a remote workforce and supporting managers to deal with their own teams have just got even more difficult. From dropped video calls to managing expectations around working with children at home, how can HR professionals cope?
Catriona Aldridge, senior associate at law firm CMS, outlines the latest measures introduced to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, including school closures and the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and what these mean for employers.
Updated to include details of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, announced by the Government on 20 March 2020.
Acas has published new best practice guidance on working from home as more employers ask staff to avoid workplaces amid growing coronavirus concerns.
Each April, HR professionals must ensure that their organisation complies with the latest round of amended employment laws and deadlines. As well as dealing with the ongoing impact of coronavirus (Covid-19), important issues for HR in April 2020 include changes to written statements of terms and conditions, the introduction of parental bereavement leave and pay, and changes to the law on calculating holiday pay for workers with irregular hours.
We set out some possible scenarios related to absence and attendance that HR professionals may face during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and explain how they could tackle them. Additional scenarios (added on 19 March) now cover an employee being unable to work because their child's school has closed or an elderly relative has fallen ill, and an employee due to return to work has been stranded abroad.
Updated to flag up that this policy can be used if temporary increased working hours are necessary during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Updated to flag up that this policy can be used if temporary reduced working hours are necessary during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to work organisation and working patterns.