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Job Support Scheme

Job Support Scheme Amendment

At the end of September, the government announced its new furlough scheme, the Job Support Scheme (JSS). A further amendment to the scheme was announced today by Chancellor Rishi Sunak and is due to begin on 1st November 2020. The increased support for businesses and workers comes after growing pressure from firms in tier two…

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Mental Health

World Mental Health Day: The Next Step

Saturday 10th October was World Mental Health Day, a day dedicated to spreading the message that it’s okay not to be okay, and to encouraging all of us to talk. But because it was a Saturday, it is possible that it may have been overlooked by some people. Sadly, there are over 6,000 calls to Samaritans…

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Working From Home Human Rights

Working From Home Human Rights

Andrew Wilson, head of our Employment Law Department, has been considering the impact of existing human rights laws relating to privacy in home working arrangements, given our ongoing COVID-19 lockdown situations.

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New Coronavirus Regulations

New Coronavirus Regulations

New Coronavirus regulations have been made. If an employer has a worker who has tested positive for COVID-19 (or lives with someone who has tested positive), they are now responsible for stopping the worker from working (unless they can work from home). If they fail to do so, employers will face a fine, starting at…

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Job Support Scheme

The New Job Support Scheme

The government has announced its most recent efforts in the new furlough scheme. From 1st November, the Job Support Scheme (JSS), which will replace the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, aims to protect businesses who face lower demand over the winter months due to the impact of COVID-19. The Job Support Scheme will be available for…

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COVID-19 and Your Employees

COVID-19 and Your Employees

An employee has developed Covid-19 symptoms, what should you do? Firstly, it is worth noting that currently, most Coronavirus infections appear to be occurring as a result of social interactions rather than in the workplace. As a responsible employer you will already have a risk assessment in place that sets out the steps to be…

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THSP End of Furlough

Furlough Scheme Continues Winding Down

The end of furlough is in sight. Today marks the very visible beginning of the end for the Coronavirus Job Retention (CJR) Scheme. From today, 1st September 2020, employers have to contribute at least 10% of salary for those on the furlough scheme. This adds to the payments of employer National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and…

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Employees Must be Paid in Full on Termination of Contract THSP

Furloughed Employees Must be Paid in Full on Termination of Contract

Furloughed employees to receive full redundancy payments from July 31st The Government has announced a new law to ensure all furloughed employees receive redundancy payments at 100% of their normal salary, rather than a reduced furlough rate. It means that employees won’t be short-changed if they are made redundant whilst furloughed under the Coronavirus Job…

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Why Site Visits Matter | THSP

Why Site Inspections Matter

Why Do We Do Site Inspections? Are you 100% confident that your employees are working safely as you read this?  If they were to have an accident, could you be sure you had done all you possibly could to prevent it? Having an independent expert in construction health and safety inspecting your site, gives you…

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Looking After Your Employees

Looking After Your Employees

According to the BBC, as of June 2020, almost 9 million workers, from 1.1 million different employers, were furloughed in the UK as part of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. There are still thousands of workers who, since the beginning of the pandemic, have been operating out of their homes or – where safe…

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HSE Spot Checks Over Two Thousand Businesses

HSE Spot Checks Over Two Thousand Businesses

With those businesses whose employees are unable to work from home, and are now returning to their workplaces, it is a good time to remind everyone of the steps needed to reduce the risk from COVID-19 and the risks to your business. Recent figures released by HSE show that between 26th May to 2nd July…

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THSP COT3 and Settlement Agreement... What’s the Difference?

COT3 and Settlement Agreements… What’s the Difference?

This is a question being asked by many of our customers as they attempt to reorganise their businesses, as the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme moves to the next stage, and the end of this funding is in sight. As an alternative to running a full redundancy process, some people prefer to select specific employees…

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People’s Safety is Imperative

People’s Safety is Imperative

Since the beginning of lockdown, my colleagues and I have continued to visit construction projects around the country providing advice; not only on the steps to prevent the spread of Covid-19 but also to counter the usual health and safety risks that pay no regard to the virus.

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Working From Home Human Rights

How are You Feeling Today?

…and how are your employees?

At the beginning of the lockdown period I read a great many articles warning of the perils to mental health that lay ahead, and whilst I appreciated that it might cause some distress to those people living alone or in circumstances that might not be described as comfortable, I have to admit I wasn’t too worried.

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Site Safety after Lock Down

Site Safety after Lockdown 

On Sunday 10th May, the Prime Minister advised those of us who cannot work from home to return to our workplaces.  Advice was given to employers on how to protect workers from Covid-19 and we were instructed to remain alert. 

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Mental Health During Lockdown

Mental Health During Lockdown

A recent study in the Guardian found that out of 800 people currently living with mental illness, 80% felt their condition had worsened due to the impact of COVID-19 and 28% said it was much worse.

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Notice Periods During Furloughe – Do you Know the Difference?

Notice Periods During Furlough

There appears to be confusion among some of our customers regarding the difference between Statutory and Contractual notice when making people redundant.  There is no case law, given this emerging topic, but my much respected network of Barristers and QC’s believe as follows:

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Getting Back To Work

Getting Back To Work

On Thursday 2nd April, HSE made it clear that, with the exception of some non-essential shops and public venues, they are not asking businesses to close. Instead employers are required to take all possible steps to enable their staff to work from home.

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Forcing Workers Back from Furlough Leave Could be Very Risky

Forcing Workers Back from Furlough

“I have an employee that is unwilling to return from furlough leave. What can I do?”

This kind of conundrum is now inevitable – after all, employees have been at home on 80% pay, with sunshine, for a few weeks now. So what are the considerations?
There are three tactics we see employees using to enforce the continuance of Furlough leave:

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COVID-19 and Furlough Leave Latest Update

COVID-19 and Furlough Leave Latest Update

The HMRC Portal is now open for employers to claim grants for Furloughed workers. These payments are then expected to be with applicants from 30th April. HMRC believe the portal can handle 450,000 applications per hour, but their call centre may crash if there is a problem. In addition:

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Homeworking

Homeworking – Week 2

Homeworking, how’s it going? You’ve done this for a week or two now and you’re starting to settle into it all. Is it easy – or is it hard, lonely and depressing? For some people, homeworking and the added pressure of the kids on holiday can be difficult.. We want you to be safe and…

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Working From Home

Working From Home

Okay, so you’ve worked from home before, once a month, once a week, it’s no big deal, right? But you’re now into week two with a long road ahead. Many people will now have added the extra pressure of their children at home, the family/work balance is now definitely blurred. So, what can you do…

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The Furlough Scheme

The Furlough Scheme

Published 25/03/2020, 15:00 Last Friday (20/03/2020) the Government announced the creation of a new scheme to support employers to retain their workforce, and ensure their workers receive a portion of their salary while not working due to the impact of COVID-19.  The Furlough scheme allows for employers to pay 80% of wages or up to…

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Statement – Coronavirus COVID-19

Coronavirus Statement – 24 March 2020

Coronavirus Statement: 24th March 2020 THSP would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their patience and support during these difficult times.  We would also like to send our best wishes for their health and that of their employees and families. These are unprecedented times, and the effects of the pandemic…

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Work from Home if You Can

Work from home if you can; many people can’t. Government guidelines are telling us all to distance ourselves from other people.  Busy offices are often quite tightly packed and there is no opportunity to be two metres away from each other, so working from home may be an option. However you choose to structure your…

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Statement – Coronavirus COVID-19

Statement – Coronavirus COVID-19

Our Health and Safety Consultant Director, Chris Ivey, has issued a statement regarding how THSP intend to continue supporting our customers during the current difficult times. “No doubt many of you, like us have been considering what steps your business should take to maintain business continuity in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Here at THSP,…

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