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  • Coronavirus Support, Plan for Jobs and Anti-Racism

    Coronavirus support, Plan for Jobs and Anti-Racism

    QUARTERLY HR UPDATE AND EMPLOYMENT NEWS – Oct 2020 What a year! There are more challenges ahead for small businesses, but I hope the following Coronavirus information will give both support and guidance. However, if you only click on one link, please make sure it is on this one: ‘Tackling Racism at Work’. Latest Coronavirus Information for Employers Job Support Scheme JSS (1st November 2020 – 30th April 2021) This govt support package…

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  • Tackling Racism at Work

    Tackling Racism at Work

    You can’t tackle racism with just an Equal Opportunities Policy Many organisations are having to consider their future viability and survival post Covid-19, which isn’t going to be easy. However, there is a real danger that some will continue the traditional trajectory of either ignoring race issues or rationalising that racial problems don’t affect their business. In a rural and very white county like Shropshire (95.4% of residents in the…

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  • HR News: Flexible Furloughing to Anti-racism

    HR News flexible furloughing anti-racism

    There are big challenges for small businesses in the months ahead, as they confront the obstacles of the coronavirus pandemic alongside the uncomfortable realities of systemic racism and the need to implement anti-racism measures.  Important Coronavirus Information for Employers Flexible Furloughing (1st July 2020) Furloughed staff are now permitted to return to work for some of the time, if paid at their normal rate. No new employees or…

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  • Doughnut Shaped Businesses

    Doughnut Shaped Businesses

    Can and should businesses remain the same in the aftermath of Covid-19 lockdown and the recent highlighting of systemic prejudices prevalent in our society and organisations? The challenges of recent months have created great uncertainty and fear over the likely depths of recession as well as how best to respond and tackle uncomfortable truths about racism. Against this rather ominous backdrop, thankfully, there is a growing number of economists…

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  • Coronavirus Information and Employment Update

    Coronavirus

    I hope the following information will be helpful, for both immediate and longer-term reference. Take care Important Coronavirus Information for Employers The gov.uk guidance pages remain the best source of up-to-date information for employers: General Employer Advice (6th April 2020) Job Retention Scheme (furloughing) (4th April 2020) Kay’s comment: Please note that the link on furloughing was updated on 4th April 2020 and includes important…

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  • Employment News for Busy Managers

    Zero Hour Contracts, Holiday Pay, Caste Discrimination and Gender Pay Reporting

    A one page summary of employment news for busy managers Brexit and Employment The scheme to protect EU citizens’ right to remain in the UK, once freedom of movement ends following Brexit, is now fully open for applications after its initial pilot period. EU citizens who have already been in the UK for five years may apply for settled status, while those who have been here for under five years can apply for pre-settled status. Kay’s comment:…

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  • Well-being, Mental Health at Work, Childcare Vouchers and the Gender Pay Gap

    CIPD Shropshire Well-being Event and Exhibition

    CIPD’s Shropshire Branch Well-being Event & Exhibition (10th October 2018) This Event is being held in response to an increased demand from local businesses for more information and practical support to help improve the health and well-being of their workforce. There will be an opportunity to hear from top speakers and take part in a series of well-being themed workshops. Kay’s comment: The Event is open to members and non-members of…

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  • Technology, Long Hours and Well-being at Work

    Well-being

    We live in a fast-paced, ‘always-on’ culture where modern communications preside over the way we live our lives both at work and at home, affecting our health and well-being. The increased use of communication technologies is blurring the lines between work and non-work hours and making it harder to switch off from work. Research is also showing a clear link between technology, longer work hours and health problems. People’s access to too…

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  • Why is there still a Gender Pay Gap ?

    International Women's Day 8th March 2016

    The Office of National Statistics shows a gender pay gap for full-time employees of 9.4% in 2016 and 18.1% when part time employees are included. According to the annual Women in Work Index compiled by PwC, the West Midlands has the furthest to go in eliminating pay inequality and it will take at least another 24 years to eliminate the gender pay gap within the UK. Why is there still a Gender Pay Gap in the UK? Many of the pay differences we…

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  • Sandwich Generation

    LUNCH BREAKS

    So who are the Sandwich Generation? They are employees and workers who are ‘sandwiched’ between caring for ageing parents and their own children. Carol Abaya, a recognised expert on eldercare, coined the term ‘Sandwich Generation‘ ten years ago and has since added a further category, ‘Club Sandwich’, referring to those who care for ageing parents, grandparents and their own young children, or those who care for…

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