16 September 2020
Law at Work - September 2020 – 5 of 5 Insights
The government has set up a Kickstart Scheme, making funding available for employers (of any size or type) to help provide jobs for 16-24 year olds. Key points to note:
Here is a link to the government guidance on Kickstart.
ACAS has produced process maps. The "Returning to the workplace process map" is designed for employers who are preparing for a return to the workplace, including a process for ensuring the workplace is Covid-19 Secure and also a People Strategy to take into account those who are vulnerable, how to deal with annual leave and ending furlough. The "Varying an employment contract" process map is for employers who are considering making changes to employee contracts and/or terms and conditions and the "Redundancy process map" takes employers through the process of making redundancies, and options and alternatives to making redundancies.
When employers are contemplating dismissing 20 or more staff in a single establishment there is a requirement for them to carry out carry out collective redundancy consultation and notify the Secretary of State on Form HR1. Failure to comply with the statutory notification requirements without good cause may result in prosecution and a fine, on summary conviction, for the company and/or officers of the company. Last month the government issued an updated Form HR1 with guidance attached explaining the obligation to notify the Redundancy Payments Service about contemplated redundancies.
Our next webinar is on 24 September. In this session we will explore some of the key challenges faced by employers when managing staff back to work, as well as the issues that more permanent home-working arrangements may bring, including managing health and safety issues, flexible working requests and the need to update contractual terms and policies. We will look to address some of the key issues as well as responding live to your questions. If you would like to attend please register here.
by Helen Farr
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