On 31 July 2020, the Employment Rights Act 1996 (Coronavirus, Calculation of a Week's Pay) Regulations 2020 came into force (corresponding Regulations were introduced in Northern Ireland on 14 August 2020). These provide that furloughed employees whose pay has been reduced due to being on full or flexible furlough should have their notice pay and statutory redundancy pay calculated based on their pre-furlough pay. Read our blog to find out more.
The Government has issued updated guidance on face masks and face coverings to apply in England for those working in close contact services. This includes hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers. The guidance also applies to those who provide mobile close contact services from their homes and in other people's homes. Read our blog to find out more.
In July, the Chancellor announced a package of measures to support jobs and with the aim of giving businesses the confidence to retain and hire staff. Read our blog to find out more.
Due to the public health requirement to introduce restrictions quickly to contain the spread of the virus, businesses may not have much time to prepare for new local measures before they take effect. For this reason, it is advisable to consider in advance how you will deal with employment issues in the event of local restrictions being introduced in your area. Read our blog to find out more.
Business owners must remember to consider the rules around data protection when dealing with customers, staff and visitors, especially during this pandemic. The ICO has issued useful guidance for organisations, read our blog to find out more.