The New Job Support Scheme – what you need to know

The Government has issued a policy paper setting out eligibility criteria for the Job Support Scheme (JSS) generally and some details for the two forms of the scheme – JSS Open where the business is still allowed to remain open but still impacted and JSS Closed where the employer is forced by law to close (other than for a ‘specific outbreak’.) (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-job-support-scheme/the-job-support-scheme) Unhelpfully they say that further guidance including eligibility criteria and what needs to go in the agreement will be published by the end of October – not hugely…

Is it time to re-think your appraisals?

Many employers at this time of year will be thinking about their end of year reviews/appraisals/1:1’s – whatever you call them! Chances are, you are either dreading it, putting it off or will simply leave it until the beginning of next year, when maybe you have had a break and are ready to face the task! Recent research from PwC revealed that two thirds of larger companies are thinking about revamping their appraisals processes. The research found that businesses are becoming increasingly eager to ditch the once or twice a…

Coronavirus Update

Thank you once again to Beverley Sunderland from Crossland Solicitors on Milton Park, South Oxfordshire for keeping us fully informed and briefed on all the latest legal changes so promptly! The Job Support Scheme announced on the 28th September Running for six months from 1st November until 30 April 2021, employees who are working at least a third of their normal working hours due to such a decrease in demand will be paid for the hours worked by their employer, but for the hours not worked, the employer and the…

Do you need HR Oxygen?

Growing a business without HR expertise is challenging at best, and a constant uphill struggle at worst. If you’ve ever had to tackle a people issue on your own, you’ll know just how stressful it can be. Between trying to manage your legal obligations, and meeting your operational requirements, firefighting can become part of your everyday routine if you’re not careful. The last few months have shown us, how valuable it can be to have your HR Expert on speed dial. There is always the option to call upon HR…

Returning to the Workplace – Guide

This guide will help you plan your organisation’s next steps as lockdown measures ease or following a period of furlough The CIPD is urging businesses to ensure they can meet three key tests before bringing their people back to the workplace and Meraki HR would encourage its clients to follow these 3 same principles; Is it essential? If people can continue to work from home employers should at least consider continuing to do that for the foreseeable future. If they cannot work from home, is their work deemed essential to…

Returning to the Workplace – FAQ’s

Q: From a health, safety and well-being perspective, what are the employer’s obligations about managing a return to work? From 1 August Government guidance outlines that: Office workers may cautiously return to work from 1 August if it is safe to do so. The Government’s previous advice that workers should continue to work from home wherever possible and avoid public transport ends from 1 August. Any return to work by office staff is at the employers’ discretion. The onus is therefore on employers (not the Government) to decide how staff…

Flexible Working During the Pandemic and beyond…………………………….

In recent months, the coronavirus pandemic has led to a significant amount of the workforce working from home. Many employees have also found themselves working more flexibly in terms of the hours or days that they work, often as a result of balancing work and other responsibilities such as home schooling or childcare. Before the pandemic, only around 5% of the workforce worked mainly from home. The number of people working from home has increased steadily over the last five years, but the current situation has escalated remote working at…

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – June Update

It’s hard to keep up with everything that’s being introduced in relation to the COVID19 Pandemic, so here’s our round up of the latest news and info. Summary of the changes to the JRS announced on Friday 29th May 2020 The Furlough Scheme will be closed to new entrants, and employees must have been on Furlough for 3 weeks prior to 30 June 2020 in order to qualify for the new scheme. This means employees will need to have been placed on Furlough by 10 June 2020 to qualify for…

How healthy is your HR?

If you don’t know, then take advantage of our Remote HR Health Check for just £500, in May or June Now is the time to make sure your HR policies and procedures are up to scratch and legally compliant (did you know there is a raft of new employment legislation that came into force on the 6th April?) You also need to know whether the documentation you have in place will support any important business decisions you need to make in the coming months. We will undertake our HR Health…

Make sure stress doesn’t get in the way of your success

Six things every manager can do to make sure stress doesn’t get in the way of success When your team’s happy, healthy and engaged in their work, they’re more likely to meet their goals and help you to meet yours. More good days for your team lead to more good days for you, as well as a healthier, happier work environment. On the other hand, when people are stressed or burned out, their performance and relationships with others will suffer. So, what can you do to minimise some of the…