April 2020

Teamwork makes the dreamwork. Having a good management structure in place is key to helping identify and tackle problems, improving employee relationships as a side-effect. A team's success is based on a manager's communication skills, as well as recruiting individuals with complimentary skills. With an increase...

In the ever-changing world we currently live in and circumstances like we’ve never seen before, it’s important to stay positive and up to date on new guidance being released almost daily. The Government will slowly close acknowledged cracks in the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. One...

For the vast majority of us, work is a considerable part of our lives.  Enjoying your job contributes to your mental health and well-being. Regulating your mental health helps increase productivity, performance and self-esteem. A toxic work environment can damage our confidence spiraling into much worse.  We...

Working from home. It’s a new concept for many in these unprecedented times. Afterall, how do you tell the kids, “No, I don’t want to superglue my hand to yours”, all whilst attempting to get some work done. With social distancing introduced, only being allowed...

We have just had the fourth iteration of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme published by HMRC and can now confirm that the qualifying date, when an employee has to have been on the employer's payroll, has changed from 28 February to 19 March 2020.This brings into scope a...

Following the Easter Bank Holiday weekend many employees are wondering if they can take holiday during Covid-19. Guidance published by HRMC on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme does not mention how a period of furlough interacts with annual leave. Further government guidance is required on whether...

We now know that the portal you’ve all been waiting for is due to go live on 20thApril.  This is the online portal for employers to use to claim back the 80% furlough pay. The first payments to employers will be made on 30th April 2020...

The government has amended its requirements on how a right to work check may be carried out during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. These are temporary measures making them easier to be carried out by the employer. As of 30 March 2020 the following temporary changes...

Investing in talent is crucial to the success and growth of any company, as we know employees are a company's greatest asset. Apprenticeships are the perfect way to showcase your commitment to training, development and career progression. With many of us going down the Apprenticeship route,...

The majority of us have been in lockdown for over two weeks and a big question for many is still on the topic of furlough. The Government is responding to questions on furlough to help close the gaps many have previously been falling through. Following new...