On Friday 31st May the Chancellor announced the update to the furlough scheme that will see us through until 31st October 2020, when it was confirmed that the scheme will close.
Yes, as long as the employee has completed the minimum 3-week furlough period before 30th June.
You need to start thinking about carrying out a risk assessment. The risk assessment will highlight any issues that could arise when your employees come back to work. Think about things like:
1) Social distancing measures
2) Personal Protective Equipment
3) Increasing cleaning rotas
4) Clear communication with your employees
5) A process for checking that these new rules are being followed
Once you’ve carried out the risk assessment and put all of the measures in place, you need to talk to your employees about it. If you don’t, then they aren’t going to know what you’ve done to keep them safe.
Having these conversations with them will help to ease their anxieties about coming back to work and will also show that you’ve done everything you can to keep them safe.
If you need help with a risk assessment, why not contact Dafydd on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a free 30 minute chat and see how he can help you?
At the moment, the changes to the advice for people who are shielding only really amount to them being able to leave their homes for exercise or to meet up with people from other households, observing the social distancing measures. There’s been no information released about people who are shielding being able to go back to work.
At this stage, we believe that staying safe would be the best option, so keep these people on furlough.
It’s a huge decision when you know you have to make people redundant and it can feel like there’s so many hoops to jump through, you don’t know where to start. Make sure that you follow the redundancy process, you are clear about what you want the business to look like going forwards, and that you are transparent with the employees about what’s going on.
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