National Work life week looks to encourage organisations to create a workplace that promotes employee wellbeing through their work life balance
Businesses may find themselves in the position where there is no option but to make redundancies after the Government’s furlough scheme came to an end.
As many businesses seek to recruit new staff as we emerge from lockdown, two online HR masterclasses taking place this month are designed to help employers get the basics of contracts and the staff handbook right – especially smaller businesses which may not have a dedicated HR function.
Is it automatically unfair to dismiss an employee for refusing to attend work due to concerns surrounding Covid-19?
A tribunal has recently concluded upon a case in which an employee was dismissed for his refusal to attend the workplace until ‘lockdown had eased’. The claimant had a 7 month old baby and a child with sickle cell disease so deemed removing himself from the workplace an appropriate measure to protect himself and his family from Covid-19.
There is nothing like a global pandemic to create conflict in a workplace, views on the virus itself, vaccinations and returning to the workplace has created polar opposite views amongst employees and employers are having to do all they can to balance these views and keep things ticking over.
April 2020 saw a number of measures from the Good Work Plan come into effect.
A year on from the first lockdown and a large number of workers are still working remotely under the Government guidelines.
As employers start to think about staff returning to the workplace it may be that flexible working is something that many employees will raise, but is this something that businesses have to facilitate?