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 implement government restrictions. The Covid-19 coronavirus is an example of an infectious diseases that has had a significant impact on business or led to public health policies that employers need to adhere to. This category also covers other infectious diseases that have affected workplace activities in the past, for example Ebola, MERS, SARS, swine flu and bird flu, as employers move to protect their staff  and the public from potential infection or deal with the fallout of epidemics or pandemics.

Has Sunak’s latest Job Support Scheme quelled fears for tiers?

The new version of the Job Support Scheme has been thoroughly welcomed by business but there is no shortage of...

Why home workers who are ill should not work

22 Oct 2020

With the onset of colder weather, inevitably the number of people with common colds and flu will rise, in addition...

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Chancellor revamps Job Support Scheme

22 Oct 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an update to the Job Support Scheme (JSS), including for workers in England where tier 2 restrictions apply.

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WEF: Half of all work tasks to be automated

21 Oct 2020

Half of all work tasks will be handled by machines by 2025 – but inequality will worsen as a result...

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HR in universities: “One day is never the same as the next”

21 Oct 2020

Joanne Marshall has recently become the chair of Universities Human Resources, a body that supports people professionals across the higher...

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Legal risks of Covid-19 testing in the workplace

21 Oct 2020

Many employers are content on their staff relying on the coronavirus testing service provided by the NHS but, for some,...

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The impact of Covid-19 on senior executives’ contracts

20 Oct 2020

Senior executives' relationship with new employers is changing as they look to safeguard their positions against a background of instability.

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Maintaining confidence in your workplace cleaning during coronavirus

18 Oct 2020

Effective cleaning and decontamination are at the heart of keeping workplaces ‘Covid secure’ as well as, critically, in ensuring employees...

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‘Hastily’ drawn up furlough scheme left ‘unacceptable’ room for fraud

16 Oct 2020

The speed at which the furlough scheme and other economic support packages were drawn up has left them open to...

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London restrictions risk quarter of a million hospitality jobs

16 Oct 2020

The introduction of tougher Covid-19 restrictions in London will put up to 250,000 hospitality jobs at risk.
Trade body UK...

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ReimagineHR: Expect a new employment deal post-Covid, says Gartner

16 Oct 2020

Employees’ capacity to deal with change is around half what it was in 2019.

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Healthcare staff need more information to treat ‘long Covid’

15 Oct 2020

Research from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has argued that people suffering from ‘long Covid’ – or often...

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Liverpool launches wage ‘top up’ scheme for hospitality and leisure

15 Oct 2020

Liverpool is to provide £40m of emergency funding for hospitality and leisure businesses in the region, allowing those affected by...

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OECD predicts 7.1% unemployment in UK and criticises lack of training

15 Oct 2020

The OECD has predicted unemployment in the UK will rise from 4.5% to 7.1% in 2021 and says that to recover the UK must invest in skills and achieve a softer Brexit.

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Preparing for stricter Covid-19 lockdowns: A guide for employers

14 Oct 2020

As England’s three-tier restrictions come into force and the government faces increasing pressure to ‘circuit break’ the rising number of...

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