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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. 

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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 possible return to the workplace. The latest Government advice is that people should continue to work from home wherever possible. If it is essential for your business for your employees to be 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.

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 health and safety, sickness reporting and sick pay, and procedures in case someone in the workplace develops the virus.
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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
  • Furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500
  • New flexibility will be introduced from August to get employees back to work and boost economy

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…