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Furlough Leave – what do we know and how does it apply?

The Government has announced remarkable measures in response to the current crisis.  For employers, an important one is the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  This will be a life line for many companies. The information that is currently available is limited, and no doubt finer details will be provided, however this is what we know so […]

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An offer of free help and support

Without doubt these are extremely uncertain, worrying and unprecedented times, both on an individual basis and for businesses alike. Whilst everyone’s safety and well being must be the priority, there will still be questions about what this all means for jobs, employers and employees.  We aren’t medical specialists, and we can’t fight the virus directly, […]

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A message from Bruce Hatton

To keep as many people safe as we can we are largely working at home at present with full access to files and telephones at all times . The office is open with a just  skeleton staff. We would ask all clients with new enquiries and existing cases  to telephone the office first please instead […]

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Is your company ready for when the Good Work Plan takes effect on 06 April 2020?

Following Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices which concluded in July 2017, and the various consultations the government has gone through, the Good Work Plan will affect all businesses who employ staff, engage workers (either directly or through an agency), or use sub-contractors. The main changes are to the following areas:Contracts Contracts of employment will […]

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UPDATE – Coronavirus and self isolation – is a self-isolating employee on sick leave and so entitled to receive SSP?

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary seems to think so.  But is it correct? The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 contain a declaration by the Secretary of State that the incidence or transmission of novel Coronavirus constitutes a serious and imminent threat to public health, and the measures outlined in these regulations are considered as an […]

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Coronavirus and work. What are the likely concerns

With the coronavirus, COVID—19, being such a widely-publicised issue at the moment, and the threat continuing to rise, it is important for employers to take necessary precautions and to adapt to the risks presented. We have considered some likely concerns of employers and how these can be addressed. How can employers help their employees? The […]

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