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Social distancing – will employers have to buy more office space?

As businesses slowly begin to reopen after the Covid-19 lockdown, many employers are realising that their current offices may not be large enough to deal with the requirements of social distancing. As one health and safety consultancy points out, ...


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Government announces detail of ‘wind-down’ of furlough scheme

The government has now filled in some of the detail as to how the closing phase of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will work. In mid-May the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced that the CJRS, which opened on 20 March, would come to an ...


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Conducting online interviews – help for employers

Although the UK’s lockdown is beginning to be eased, for businesses, uncertainty remains. Current advice suggests that some form of social distancing will be in place until a vaccine is found, which could be as late as next year. This is lik...


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BSI publishes UK Safe Working Guidelines

BSI, in its role as the UK’s National Standards Body, has published new safe working guidelines to help businesses manage a safe return to work and reoccupation of their facilities. The guidelines are intended to become a consensus of good p...


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ACAS publishes new guidance to mark 50th anniversary of equal pay law

Workplace expert ACAS has published new guidance to help bosses and their staff understand the law around equal pay, in line with the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. The Act came into force on 29 May 1970 and aimed to prevent dis...


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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...