Employees Refusing to Return to Work Due to COVID?

With the recent lifting of legal restrictions on social distancing and face coverings, employers can start to plan a return to workplaces for furloughed employees or those who have been working from home. Still, some employees may have ongoing concerns about the spread of coronavirus within the workplace, refusing to return where they feel unsafe, […]

Different Types of Pay Structures

There are various different types of pay structures that can be implemented within an organisation, although the most suitable structure will depend on a number of factors including the nature and size of your business, the composition of the workforce, and the ways in which you want to incentivise and reward that workforce to meet […]

Preparing for the End of Furlough

End of furlough rules

The CJRS, or furlough scheme, is now scheduled to run until 30th September 2021. The scheme was previously due to end in October 2020 and then April 2021, but has been extended in light of the continued challenges of the pandemic and the mandatory closure of businesses in many sectors of the economy, including leisure, […]

Furlough Redundancy Process Guide

Employers with workers on furlough must start to prepare for the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which is fast approaching at the end of September. While many workers may be able to return to work and resume duties, the reality for some employers is that their furloughed workers may be at risk […]

Emergency Time Off Work Rules

emergency time off work rules

It’s a fact of life that employees may need to take time off work at some point to deal with an emergency. This could be time off work for family reasons or time off for medical reasons, or to attend a medical appointment for themselves or accompanying a dependant. Below we look at what the […]

Short Time Working (Employer Guidance)

short time working

Short time working is when you reduce the hours of some or all of your employees, or pay them less than half a week’s pay. This could be during periods of lower demand or slowdown in the amount of work available. The employee should receive full pay unless their contract allows unpaid or reduced pay. […]

Employee Signed Off Work with Stress?

Employee signed off work with stress

Stress-related sickness absence has become increasingly prevalent in the workplace. Employers face a balancing act between supporting their employees’ wellbeing while minimising the risk of operational disruption and impact on other employees resulting from individuals being signed off work with stress. The pandemic in particular has placed unprecedented pressures on workers, whether adapting to remote […]

Payment in Lieu of Notice Rules

payment in lieu of notice

Payment in lieu of notice is where an employee receives notice pay from their employer instead of working their notice period when their employment is terminated without notice. Payment in lieu of notice, or PILON, can apply to many different types of dismissal. In this article, we look at the rules on PILON and how […]

Redundancy Settlement Agreement Guide

Settlement agreements are generally used by employers to settle potential employment claims, but they are also commonly used as an alternative to dismissal by redundancy. Notwithstanding the reasons for making someone redundant, the employer must still follow a fair and lawful redundancy process. Using a settlement agreement in a redundancy situation can help to avoid […]

Term Time Only Contracts Holiday Pay Rules

Calculating part-time workers’ holiday entitlement can quickly become a complicated matter. There is no single piece of legislation or guidance on the approach to take. However, employers are under an obligation both to ensure term-time workers receive at least the statutory minimum entitlement of 5.6 weeks’ paid annual leave a year, and that they are […]