SYLO Associates are continuing to provide pragmatic HR advice & guidance to SME’s during these challenging times.
In these uncertain and continuously changing times as a result of Covid-19, 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.
Call us with any questions on 01844 216290 and your call will be directed to our HR Advice team.
Alternatively, you can reach us by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
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 steps to make this possible for as many people as possible.
Your employee’s health and well-being is paramount. Employers have a statutory duty of care for people’s health and safety at work.
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 sickness reporting and sick pay, and procedures in case someone in the workplace develops the virus.
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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 to 80% of wages for those employees who would otherwise be made redundant. Although the Chancellor referred to the scheme’s aim as being to avoid people being ‘laid off’, it is likely that he was using this as the commonly used term for redundancy rather than ‘lay off’ in the strict legal sense ( a right not to provide work) as the objective is to avoid people losing their jobs and in a true ‘lay off’ situation, employment continues. Read more