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£1,000 bonus to bring back furloughed staff

Furlough has been a lifeline for millions, supporting people and businesses to protect jobs. But, says Chancellor Rishi Sunak, it cannot and should not go on forever. As part of Sunak’s Plan for Jobs 2020 speech, he said that he recognised ...


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Black Lives Matter – returning to a very different workplace

With the recent spotlight on the Black Lives Matter movement, many employers have publicly declared their support. Human rights issues highlighted by the media have raised awareness amongst people who had previously been unaware of the difference ...


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Eighteen months until back to ‘normal’ – but training can help

UK organisations anticipate that it will take 18 months to fully recover from the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent social distancing measures, with small businesses leading the way back to ‘normal’. A survey o...


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Furloughing employees with effect from 1 July: rules and regulations

When the Coronavirus lockdown first hit, the UK government introduced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – a process for businesses to furlough employees. The CJRS is now significantly revised with changes taking effect fr...


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Employers given 30-day window to confess to furlough fraud

Plans have been announced to give employers a 30-day window to confess to furlough fraud after concerns that the system is being abused. The government plans to introduce legislation giving powers to impose penalties and to pursue directors of ins...


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Manager awarded £36,000 as job was too boring

Do your employees ever complain of boredom? Have you had to leave a job because it was so tedious? It can happen. A French man has been awarded a £36,000 payout after his job was deemed so boring it led to mental health problems. Frederic ...