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SYLO Associates are continuing to provide pragmatic HR advice & guidance to SME’s during these challenging times.

Our team of highly experienced HR Advisors, Trainers & Coaches are here to answer your queries and support you in any way we can.  We have robust, secure cloud-based systems which means that our support to clients – new or existing, is uninterrupted.

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Latest update 22/09/2020 – Hospitality venues to have a curfew of 10pm from Thursday 24th September 2020. BBC news update – “People should work from home if they can.” 









What should employers be doing in the current situation?

Organisations should focus on planning, health and safety and wellbeing of your employees.

Do what you can to protect staff and to plan for returning to the workplace. The latest Government advice is that people should return to the workplace wherever possible. If your employees are in the workplace, you should take steps to make this a safe as possible, encouraging them to avoid using public transport for their journey into work, wherever possible. Our Health and Safety collaborator Beckie Staincliffe from EHSC is available to advise on the safest way to have your employee in your workplace.

Your employee’s health and well-being is paramount. Employers have a statutory duty of care for people’s health and safety at work.

You may have decided to allow your workforce to continue to work either full or part-time from home. Our recent blog on Flexible Working – Covid-19 and beyond is full of information that can help you navigate this new way of working. If you have any questions, our experienced HR Team will be able to help you, email us to arrange a mutually convenient time for a discussion.

HR basics to follow

  • Make sure everyone’s contact numbers and emergency contact details are up to date.
  • Ensure that all employees know how to report any suspected risk to themselves from COVID-19 and that all potential incidents are reported to HR so they can understand the overall risk to the workforce.
  • Make sure all staff are aware of your response as an employer and what you are doing to protect people’s health and reduce the risk of infection spreading.
  • Continue to communicate as the situation changes.
  • Make sure managers are clear on any relevant policies and processes, for example health and safety, sickness reporting and sick pay, and procedures in case someone in the workplace develops the virus.
  • Read more

Latest information:

The coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended to the 31st October 2020

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until end of October.
  • New flexibility was introduced from August to get employees back to work and boost the economy.
  • Furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500, with the Government contribution tapering from the 1st September.
  • From 1 September, the government will pay 70% of wages up to a maximum cap of £2,187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough. Employers will top up employees’ wages to ensure they receive 80% (up to £2,500). The caps are proportional to the hours not worked. You can read more information about the changes here. Unless you’re making a new claim for an employee who is a military reservist or is returning from statutory parental leave, you can only continue to claim through the scheme if:
    • you have previously furloughed the employee for 3 consecutive weeks between March 1 and 30 June
    • you submitted your claim before 31 July

    Information about the Job Retention Bonus was published on 31 July.

In a boost to millions of jobs and businesses, Rishi Sunak said the furlough scheme would be extended by a further four months with workers continuing to receive 80% of their current salary.

As the Government reopens the economy, they need to support people to get back to work. From the start of August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff.

The employer payments will substitute the contribution the government is currently making, ensuring that staff continue to receive 80% of their salary, up to £2,500 a month. Read more…