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.

Number of companies claiming furlough fell in February

Furlough claimants peaked at just over 852,000 in January, but fell back to 840,387 in February.

‘Covid-19 anxiety syndrome’ rears its head as office return looms

5 May 2021

‘Covid-19 anxiety syndrome’ may cause employees to struggle with reintegrating back into daily life as workplaces and society begin to...

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End of furlough will lead to spike in tribunals

5 May 2021

Employers could see a surge in tribunal claims when the furlough scheme ends in September, according to a study.

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Covid-19 vaccination card. Paul Maguire / Shutterstock

Top 10 HR questions April 2021: Vaccination and data protection

4 May 2021

Questions on Covid-19 vaccination dominate this month's list, alongside IR35, right-to-work checks and the relationship between holiday pay and overtime.

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A mural of an NHS doctor by Catman in Whitstable, Kent. Photo: Nathaniel Noir / Alamy Stock Photo

Number of NHS doctors looking to retire early doubles

4 May 2021

The number of UK doctors considering leaving the NHS early has more than doubled in 10 months, according to the British Medical Association.

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Addressing tensions in the workplace as Covid transitions roll out

4 May 2021

We may all be welcoming the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions. But, for employers that have successfully adapted to, and...

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CPD: Workplace trauma post-pandemic (webinar)

30 Apr 2021

18 May 2021 2:00pm. Register now | In this CPD webinar for OHW+, Noreen Tehrani examines psychological surveillance in organisations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Employability providers short of thousands of roles

30 Apr 2021

The UK will struggle to fill roles in the employability sector as the government moves forward with its Plan for Jobs.

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NHS staff with mental health concerns quadruple during pandemic

29 Apr 2021

The number of NHS staff reporting significant mental health issues quadrupled during the first wave of Covid-19, according to what...

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Graduate and school leaver appointments back on the rise

29 Apr 2021

Most of the UK’s top graduate recruiters either stabilised or increased their hiring this year, according to the Institute of Student Employers.

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Sainsbury’s £500m on pandemic staff costs hits profits

28 Apr 2021

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s spent almost £500m on protecting staff and customers during the pandemic.

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Three in 10 union reps report Covid-19 safety inspections

27 Apr 2021

Three in 10 union representatives have had a regulator visit their workplace because of Covid-19 concerns.
A survey of 1,400...

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Irwin Mitchell staff to choose where they work

27 Apr 2021

Law firm says, depending on their role, staff will be free to choose where and when they work.

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Nearly half to boost healthcare provision as pandemic eases

26 Apr 2021

Nearly half of organisations expect to expand their healthcare benefits – especially telehealth offerings – due to longer NHS waiting...

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OHW+ launch webinar on managing post-pandemic trauma

26 Apr 2021

The past year has been traumatic for many workers, whether we’re talking about the intense emotional pressures NHS workers have...

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