Answering your COVID vaccine questions

With the four-stage roadmap out of lockdown in England now firmly in place, our focus has turned to getting employees back to their workplace as safely as possible. A key factor in keeping everyone safe is the COVID vaccine, and as the next phase of the rollout begins it is likely that the offering of…

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How new immigration laws may impact

Although it seems like Brexit has been occupying our minds for a lifetime, it has finally happened and has brought with it changes to immigration law that businesses need to be aware of. What do the new immigration rules mean for recruitment? With Brexit marking the end of freedom of movement in the EU, employees…

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How ready is your business for Brexit?

At one point (pre-2020 we’d guess), we were all just a little bit fatigued by talk of Brexit. Well, it’s actually happened now and due to the pandemic taking all of our attention over the last few months, there’s a possibility that some businesses aren’t completely Brexit-ready. We’ve all had to divert our energy into…

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The steps to take for making redundancies during COVID

The Coronavirus pandemic has had some devastating consequences for businesses. Whilst enterprises have valiantly rose to the challenges posed by ‘the new normal’ and workers have become champions in the juggling act that is home-working, there are sadly some companies left planning for survival. Redundancies may be required, and this is never a pleasant task,…

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Helping your business to survive any future lockdowns / local restrictions

Regardless of whether it’s a full national lockdown or a localised one, the impact of these ‘interruptions’ on businesses can be significant and far-reaching. It’s difficult to predict if, and when, further lockdowns will be required, but the Government’s ability to impose local restrictions where there is a high risk of infection means we must…

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What are the potential risks/issues with home-working and the Pandemic?

Covid-19 has had a dramatic impact on how we work, socialise, and live our daily lives. With the UK Government reversing their message of working from home (now encouraged wherever possible) it poses issues for Employers to contemplate regarding their staff and their mental health wellbeing. Working from home has been a key part of…

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Five possible alternatives to redundancy when you need to cut costs

Current levels of business uncertainty are difficult to ignore. As lockdown eases and the furlough system comes to an end, redundancy is the next consideration which many company owners and managers may have to make. Redundancy is not something which businesses enter into lightly and it is a last resort when costs need to be…

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How to handle the dilemma of annual leave during the pandemic

Business owners have often light-heartedly commented on the time they have to spend managing employee holidays. Many a Director or HR manager’s office has an extensive planner on the wall, with a plethora of coloured dots and notes to ensure everyone knows exactly who’s on leave at any given time. Yes, it’s always been a…

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