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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – latest update 30th April 2020

HMRC published details of its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) on 26 March 2020 and updated this 7 times now, with the last update being on the 30thApril. It’s important to remember that the HMRC guidance is just that – guidance. However, the directions issued by the Treasury appear to have some form of statutory authority although the nature of this is unclear. This means that it is not clear which set of instructions will take priority over matters such as whether the employee has to agree in writing to…

Free Contract or Handbook Review

There is no doubt that like all of us at the moment, we have suddenly had some of our work cancelled, and many of our clients are very worried about how the Coronavirus will impact their businesses in the long term and whether they will be able to survive the next few months with either fewer customers, less employees able to work, or reduced manufacturing or products to sell. It’s important that during uncertain times like these you know that your contracts of employment and employee policies and procedures are…

3 Top Tops to Help Remote Working

It’s no secret that the number of remote workers is on the rise due to better technology, globalisation, and changing workplace culture. Add to this the recent changes to us all being asked to work from home if at all possible, it’s safe to say the number of remote workers is likely to accelerate even further. But with the scale of remote working we’ll likely see in the coming weeks and months, it’s never been more important to consider the impact it can have on your employees’ performance, development and…

Our top tips to successfully managing change in the workplace

We are living in a Volatile, Uncertain, Changing and Ambiguous (VUCA) time. If you are struggling to keep everything together at the moment, take some time out from the madness and have a listen to this online training that will help you to deal with and manage all the change that is going on in the world at the moment. We give you our top tips, including some change management theory and models that will help you to practically implement and manage the changes needed in your business, whatever they…

Corona Virus Update

In these difficult and unprecedented times of a Pandemic in the UK, it’s important to remain calm and focussed as a business leader. Your employees are looking to you, to keep them informed of their responsibilities to prevent the spread of the virus and how you want them to work and how you will pay them over the coming weeks/months. They will also be looking to you on your position as a business in terms of how you will deal with the virus. As if you didn’t have enough on…

Coaching for Success

Given the myriad examples of successfully coached sports teams last Summer, I wonder how many of us have taken the very large hint that it may well be very worth investing in some training for your managers to help them to become coaches? You can help your employees improve their current performance, or in the case of an already effective employee, help them become even more effective. Performance coaching is a powerful tool when managers take advantage of its usefulness. There is no doubt about it – effective coaching can…

The Five things you should know about Employee Policies and Procedures

Firstly, these don’t need to be complicated and you won’t find yourself knee deep in piles of paperwork! With the right HR support and advice, we can help you to create Employee Policies and Procedures that make sure you are legally compliant, but that also work for your business and culture too!  Here’s our top tips to help you determine what employee policies and procedures you need: 1  It’s important to explain to employees whether they are employees who have been with you for a while, or are a new…

Round up of Employment Law Changes effective 6th April 2020

1. New employees’ right to a statement of particulars on their first day (Amendment to the Employment Rights Act 1996) What is the law now? At present, UK employment law states that an employer must give employees a written statement of employment particulars within the first two months of their employment (providing their employment lasts more than a month). This document, often contained within a contract of employment, outlines the basic terms and conditions of employment. These can be delivered in instalments, as long as all particulars are delivered within…

The 7 things you need to know about managing employees

Have you built or are you building a successful business?  It’s stressful isn’t it?  Especially when you have to deal with tricky day to day employee matters. I’ve managed my own teams for over twenty years, and HR teams can be some of the hardest people to manage – I can’t imagine why! So I thought I would share my 7 tips on how to effectively manage your employees. What you should know about managing employees … So, you decided to start your own business because you’re creative, or you’re…

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    Sssssshh … its a secret! Ready to raise the bar on HR?  Then you could save yourself 15% off our HR Oxygen Service 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. There is always the…