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Vaccine Refusal

Vaccine Refusal

Is it necessary for workers to have a COVID vaccine to be able to work? Many of our clients, and ourselves, have come up with contractual expectations to only send ‘double jabbed’ workers to their client’s workspaces, regardless of where this is. Is this lawful? If yes, then it must meet some human rights and…

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Right to Work

Right to Work Checks

Right to work checks: employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens From 1 July 2021, new rules for right to work checks will apply and EU, EEA, or Swiss citizens will need to provide evidence of lawful immigration status in the UK. Up to 30th June, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can use their EU passport/ID…

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Furlough Scheme

Furlough Scheme Latest Updates

Date of Last Update: 15/06/2021 You can find the latest furlough scheme updates here: 15 June 2021 Remember, from the 1st July 2021, the level of grant will be reduced and Employers will be asked to contribute towards the cost of furloughed employees’ wages. To be eligible for the grant, the employer must continue to…

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Hybrid Working

Hybrid Working Requests

Hybrid working: the future is flexible, or is it? Following a year or more of home working, online meetings and IT reliance, businesses and their workers are now assessing how the future for workplace attendance looks. Is the future a hybrid version of home and office working? Throughout the last few months, there have been…

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Shielding Expert

Shielding Guidance Update

The Department of Health and Social Care have today (18 March 2021) issued a press release setting out future shielding guidance to those categorised as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV). Following the roadmap out of the national restrictions published by the Government, it is currently intended that from the 1 April 2021, at the earliest, those…

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When can I go back to work?

When Can We Go Back to Work?

This question now being asked of us by some of our customers is to clarify when they will be able to return to work as “normal”. The government’s roadmap sets out four key steps on the way to this. Step one is where we are now, with schools and education resuming on site.  If things…

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Enforcing Holiday Easter Shutdown

Enforcing Holiday… Easter Shutdown?

With accruing holidays and the significant resourcing and financial issues these are starting to create…have you thought about an Easter shutdown? The pandemonium of the COVID virus in 2020 wreaked havoc with the way in which employees usually take holiday. Options for leave were severely limited due to lockdown restrictions, and workers were reticent about…

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COVID-19 FAQs Article

COVID-19 FAQs

Sadly, as I write this article, the latest Covid-19 statistics that are being set out by the government make it clear that the numbers of new cases are going to remain high for some time to come. As a result of this, we are receiving more calls from employers struggling to understand what to do…

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You Must Work From Home

‘If you can work from home, then you must do so’, was the continuing and resounding directive from the Prime Minister on the 5th January 2021. Not the way any of us wanted to kickstart the New Year, but it is what it is. From this Governmental announcement, England entered another National Lockdown, meaning that…

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Blue Monday 2021: An Employers Guide

‘Blue Monday’ has become a recognisable turn of phrase in January. And with the announcement of a 3rd national lockdown, we are all feeling the weight of the Coronavirus pandemic on our lives. It’s more important than ever for employers to address their employees’ mental health and wellbeing ahead of the upcoming year. What is…

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Furlough Scheme

Furlough Scheme Extended Until March 2021: Further Guidance

Updated: 16/11/2020 Following the Government’s announcement that the furlough scheme would be extended on the 5th November until 31st March 2021, further guidance has now been published. The scheme is expected to be reviewed once again in January 2021. Here’s an update on what we know so far: Employers can claim for employees who were…

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Furlough Scheme Extended

Furlough Scheme Extended

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended for at least a month, as the government announces a second month-long national lockdown starting 5th November. The PM explained that the proposed job retention scheme has been put on hold so that the furlough scheme can be extended, however for the next month, the government will…

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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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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 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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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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Statement – Coronavirus COVID-19

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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