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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) – Employee FAQs

SYLO Associates can support and provide advice and guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and can help you to navigate through the process and provide the necessary templates for your use. Full guidance was issued on 26 March 2020, and these are some of the FAQs we anticipate your employees may ask. We are,… Read more

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough)

SYLO Associates can support and provide advice and guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and can help you to navigate through the process and provide the necessary templates for your use. Full guidance was issued on Thursday 26th March 2020, and this is our summary.  We are, of course, continuing to decipher the detail… Read more

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Announced 20.03.2020

Late in the evening of Friday 20 March, the government published some very general guidance for employers and employees on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme announced by the Chancellor during Friday’s press briefing. You can read the full text they’ve released so far on their website, here. Under this scheme, the government will pay up… Read more

Managing Remote Teams Well

Recent events have brought about many changes for businesses with a large number of people working from home.  For a business this means thinking about how to create a new way of managing a team remotely.  For some organisations this is “business as usual” and for others this is new territory, but we can learn… Read more

COVID-19 – Employer Updates

SYLO Associates intends to provide practical and straightforward advice for your business and your people during this Coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 is unprecedented, and to help your business continue trading, we are providing links to the information you will require to keep up to date with the latest government and specialist health advice.  We are publishing Employers… Read more

Coronavirus (COVID-19): employer response guide – (CIPD – 18.03.20)

What should employers be doing in the current situation? Organisations should focus on planning and prevention with both urgency and calm. Do what you can to immediately protect staff and to plan for possible disruptions if things escalate. The latest Government advice is that people should work from home wherever possible so you should take… Read more

17th March 2020 – Covid-19 – Employers Update

SYLO Associates advice for employers to manage Coronavirus (Covid-19) The new coronavirus disease, officially named COVID-19, has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. As the virus continues to spread extensively, it’s likely to pose a significant challenge to many organisations. Latest news The Government has announced that the UK has now moved… Read more

Coronavirus – the latest updates

For the latest updates from the CIPD and the Government on the Covid-19 situation Tax helpline to support businesses affected by coronavirus covid-19 Getting Homeworking right – CIPD update – 17th March 2020 Coronavirus: Three days more sick pay for self-isolating workers Workers will get statutory sick pay from the first day off work, not… Read more

4th March 2020 – Covid-19 – Employers Update

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation escalates SYLO Associates decided a business and employee focused update would be useful. This update includes useful links to the ACAS, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and CIPD detailed information. For the latest updates click here Useful contacts UK Government – Coronavirus: latest information and advice  UK Government – Foreign travel… Read more

Webinar: GDPR for Recruitment

“GDPR for Recruitment Free Webinar” is our  3rd co-hosted webinar with databasix. Sally and Kellie discussed whether or not your ‘recruitment campaign is GDPR compliant’.     If you are responsible for recruitment within your company, have you ever considered the following: how certain are you that your recruitment processes and systems are GDPR compliant? are you… Read more

World Menopause Awareness Day – Turning back the clock….

With an increasing percentage of women in the workplace, World Menopause Day 2019 on Friday 18th October raises awareness that this is no longer something that women should suffer in silence. For every ten women experiencing menopausal symptoms, six say it has a negative impact on their work. The CIPD is asking all employers to… Read more

Wear Red for Show Racism the Red Card Day

SYLO Associates are supporting Wear Red for Show Racism the Red Card Day on Friday 18th October 2019. #WRD19   Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism education charity, established in 1996. They are working daily in schools throughout England, Scotland & Wales delivering anti-racism workshops to more than 50,000 young people every year, while… Read more

Diverse Workforce? Is Your Business Ready for the Future World of Work?

There has never been a time when the UK’s workforce has been more diverse. Encompassing different working patterns, part timers and remote working to name but a few. With all this to contend with, it is no wonder that employers whilst viewing their employees as individuals sometimes tend to treat them all the same. Maybe… Read more

Winner – SME of the Year Award – South & Vale Business Awards

  Double Celebrations’ for Oxfordshire-based HR Consultancy SYLO Associates Leading HR consultancy, SYLO Associates, based in Thame, has been recognised at The South & Vale Business Awards by winning SME of The Year award for South Oxfordshire. The awards, sponsored by Milton Park, were announced earlier this month and coincides with the company’s celebrations of… Read more

SYLO Associates – Customer Experience Survey

SYLO Associates Customer Experience Survey In their 10th year in business, the Directors of SYLO Associates, Sally White and Sarah Stevens, decided to review the products and services provided to our clients. Starting with a ‘Customer Experience survey’. The survey started with an introductory email to our established core of retained and regular clients. Followed… Read more

How to implement an Employee Wellbeing Strategy – Your 10 steps

Many employers are aware of the benefit of promoting health and employee wellbeing, as this kind of strategy not only demonstrates care for employees, but it can also result in a healthier, more engaged and more productive workforce. Whilst many businesses are catching on to the importance of having an actual wellbeing strategy, it is… Read more

World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2018 and Employee Well-being

World Mental Health Day 2018 World Mental Health Day 2018 has put the spotlight on Mental Health in the workplace and increasingly employers are looking at how they can improve employee wellbeing SYLO Associates were pleased to host a seminar recently – Mental Health in the Workplace and Employee Well-being – in conjunction with Nick… Read more

My Experience, of Work Experience!

By Theo Mitchell – Year 10 student from Lord Williams School I decided to complete my work experience week at SYLO Associates, based in Thame. I chose this company because they work in Human Resources, something I am very interested in, having learnt about it in business studies at school. I was welcomed by Sally… Read more

Do Summer Perks improve Productivity?

The Summer of 1976 was the hottest summer on record, so far, but is the Summer of 2018 set to break that record? We all love nice weather and let’s be honest, there is nothing the British love talking about more than the weather. So why not get your employees talking about how great their… Read more

Our visit to Number 10 – What Rural Businesses need to grow!

Director and Co-Founder of HR Consultancy SYLO Associates, Sally White was recently invited, through OXLEP and Enterprise Nation, to join a select group of other Rural Businesses to meet with Jimmy McLoughlin, the Prime Minister’s Business Advisor at Number 10 Downing Street. We were asked to identify and task the Chancellor of the Exchequer on… Read more

Business Hub hosts Paralympian Martin McElhatton

SYLO Associates and Machins Solicitors were delighted to host our quarterly Business Hub breakfast meeting at Hartwell House on Tuesday, with guest speaker Martin McElhatton, CEO of WheelPower & Paralympian. It was a very special and inspiring morning listening to Martin share his experiences through his business and involvement in the Paralympics –  “WheelPower – Transforming the… Read more

EAT gives landmark judgement on shared parental pay – HR Inform

This month, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has handed down its judgement on a direct sex discrimination case involving shared parental pay. Shared parental pay was not direct sex discrimination   The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently decided that paying women on maternity leave more than men on shared parental leave was not direct sex… Read more

Flex your Corporate Muscle – Corporate Social Responsibility – Are you doing your bit?

SYLO Associates attended a Reciprocate event held in collaboration with Oxfordshire Community Funding, which focused on businesses encouraging their employees to volunteer in the community and become Trustees of local charities. Corporate Social Responsibility via employee volunteering provides significant benefits to businesses and employees, as well as having a huge impact on charities at the… Read more

6th Form vs. Apprenticeships vs. Collage – My View

by Maggie Armstrong Gaisford – work experience student with SYLO Associates February 2018 Deciding between these life choices is hard to do. However, depending on what you want to do in the future may make it easier to decide. If you have a strong idea of a career path you would like to follow, the… Read more

“How SME’s Prepare for Post-Brexit Britain” – B2B lecture

Paul Nicholas, an Associate with SYLO Associates, recently attended the B2B lecture, ‘How SMEs should prepare for post-Brexit Britain’, which was sponsored by Unipart and Oxfordshire Business First.  The keynote speaker was Matthew Fell, Chief of Staff at the CBI and part of their senior leadership team.  Matthew has been with the CBI since 1999… Read more

Company Pension Minimum Contribution Increases planned by Law (phasing)

By law, under automatic enrolment, minimum pension contributions are required to increase over time on set dates, those dates being 6th April 2018 and 6th April 2019. The following information will hopefully answer questions regarding employer and employee contributions. Source: The Pensions Regulator As an Employer are you ready for these contribution increases? Do you know about the increases… Read more