Making Flexible Working the Default – UK Government Consult on Future of Flexible Working for Employees

A few months ago, I wrote a piece about whether we’d be looking at more permanent working from home situations. At the time, I refer to the Government’s intention to consult on the area. The government has now published a …

Work in a Care Home – Mandatory Vaccinations are coming November 2021 – Can you object or refuse?

From 11 November 2021, all care home workers, and anyone entering a care home, will need to be fully vaccinated, unless they are exempt under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/891) (Regulations). The …

Employers named and shamed for paying less than minimum wage – here’s how to avoid the same happening to your business

The Government Department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy have today released a list of employers nationwide who have breached minimum wage rules, and had to top up employees wages and pay big fines. The press releases is here. Government …

How to deal with mental health in the workplace following Olympic stars admissions and withdrawal from events

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen a number of high profile stars of the sports world come out and express publicly their mental health challenges. We saw US Gymnastic Simone Biles pull out of the olympics to ‘prioritise her …

Could the UK Government make working from home permanent?

The media have picked up on a proposed Government consultation which would consider whether flexible working would become the default option unless there are good reasons not to (a proposal originally set out in the Conservative Party’s 2019 election manifesto …

What to do if an employee has Long COVID and is unable to work or keeps having time off?

We’re told that Coronavirus CoVid-19 not only causes problems when you have it, but can cause a multitude of symptoms months later. Known as Long Covid, it’s becoming a plague of malaise for workers throughout the country and it’s impacting …

New Coronavirus Regulations Create £1000 plus fine for employers knowingly allowing self isolating employees to attend work

Warning to Employers re Coronavirus and Self Isolation ⚠️ 🚨  It is now an offence for an employer knowingly to allow a worker who should be self isolating to attend the place of work during the isolation period. The latest …

COVID-19 guidance for employees and employers

The Government has released three new guidance notes online: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19 – although expect the guidance to be updated regularly. COVID-19 Guidance for Employers The Government Guide is: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19 It sets out things that all Employers should know and be doing …