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Lifting the lockdown – facilitating a return to the workplace

Following developments in the government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy, Shoosmiths have put together the following checklist for employers to use when considering how to facilitate a return to the workplace.   Have you carried out a de...


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Holiday headaches in a COVID-19 world

While employers try to grapple with how to make their workspaces safe for staff to return to work, another potential risk and complication looms ahead. As other countries are removing their restrictions and allowing tourism to resume, some employ...


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COVID-19 and whistleblowing – encouraging a speak-up culture

“In these times of flux, when expectations and duties of organisations towards all their stakeholders have been constantly shifting, it is more important than ever for employers to demonstrate support for anyone who would raise a concern abo...


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Workers reluctant for home to replace office

Rumours of the demise of the office are much exaggerated, according to new independent polling commissioned by the British Council for Offices (BCO), the representative body for the UK’s office sector. Just one in five (20%) UK adults plans...


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Half of UK employees still expect to be furloughed, fired, or take a pay cut in the next three months

Only half of current employees (51%) expect to continue to work normally over the coming three months, according to new research from professional services consultancy Barnett Waddingham. The rest expect to be furloughed, made redundant, or take a...


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Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme set to launch

A new online service will be launched on 26 May for small and medium-sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees, the government has announced. The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme wa...