Coronavirus

The effect of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic on employment is huge, as employees are urged to self-isolate, people are told to avoid social contact, and businesses close their doors. The Covid-19 coronavirus, Ebola, MERS, SARS, swine flu and bird flu are all examples of infectious diseases that have had a significant impact on business travel or have led to public health policies that employers need to adhere to. This category also covers other infectious diseases that have affect workplace activities in the past as employers move to protect their staff from potential infection or deal with the fallout of large scale epidemics or pandemics.

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UK records biggest fall in working hours since 1971

16 Jul 2020

Working hours, says the ONS, is a more telling measure of the economic picture than payroll numbers.

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Furlough fraud: how employers can ensure their CJRS claims are lawful

16 Jul 2020

With so many updates and tweaks to the furlough scheme, businesses need to work hard to ensure they don't fall foul of the rules.

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Women aged 17 most likely to be furloughed

15 Jul 2020

Seventeen-year-old women were more likely to be furloughed by their employers than any other employee, the latest Coronavirus Job Retention...

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More than a million people awaiting NHS surgery

15 Jul 2020

The number of NHS patients admitted for routine operations dropped by 82% in May, prompting doctors to warn of a...

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Graduate recruitment down by almost a third in some countries

15 Jul 2020

The graduate hiring market is down by almost a third in some countries due to the coronavirus, the Institute of...

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Unemployment to top 4 million as workers come off furlough

15 Jul 2020

Unemployment could top 4 million by the end of the year, with 1.3 million people going straight from furlough into...

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ASOS to repay £1.8m in furlough claims

15 Jul 2020

Online fashion retailer ASOS has announced it will repay the money it claimed under the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme....

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No plans for face coverings in offices, says Hancock

15 Jul 2020

The government has no plans to force office workers to wear face coverings, the health secretary has said.
Matt Hancock...

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One in five feeling ‘hopeless’ because of pandemic

14 Jul 2020

One in five UK adults still feel “hopeless” as the coronavirus lockdown is lifted, according to the charity the Mental...

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Ministers offer conflicting return-to-work messages

14 Jul 2020

Advice around whether people should return to offices remains conflicted, with Boris Johnson urging people to think about returning to...

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Over 1,000 UK redundancies expected at G4S Cash Solutions

14 Jul 2020

Security company G4S is planning to cut more than a quarter of jobs in its cash handling business amid the...

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Covid-19 offers occupational health ‘a unique opportunity’

14 Jul 2020

As the first “crisis” phase of the coronavirus pandemic eases, but with the threat of a second wave still all...

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Primark will not take up job retention bonus

13 Jul 2020

John Lewis and William Hill thought to be unlikely to take advantage of scheme, but many other large firms still weighing it up.

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MP’s bid to protect women from unfair redundancy gets over first hurdle

10 Jul 2020

Maria Miller's proposals aim to bolster rights of women on maternity leave, who are often considered an easy target for redundancy.

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