Day: May 9, 2020

Life after furlough leave – Employment issues employers may face

As it is anticipated that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will come to an end, following a winding down period, employers are having to consider now how they are likely to have to manage their businesses going forward with a view to safeguarding the future viability of their organisations.

Partner Sue Dowling, head of Blandy & Blandy Solicitors’ Employment Law team, explains some of the issues facing employers at the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, that has enabled organisations to place staff on Government supported furlough leave.

Here are some of the potential issues on which an employer may need to reflect in relation to the post-furlough employment landscape…

Employees returning to work after furlough

The basis on which employees return to work following a period of furlough leave will vary depending on the particular circumstances (primarily the legal basis on which the employees went on furlough,

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UK workers anxious about returning to workplace

44 per cent of employees feel anxious about returning to their workplace because of Covid-19 according to a new survey published by the CIPD.

The CIPD’s survey, a sample of 1,000 employees, highlights the need for businesses to be thinking about their people in every decision they make and ensure their concerns are addressed in the return to the workplace. Consequently, the CIPD believes it is crucial that the Government’s working safely guidance for employers recognises the legitimate concerns many workers will have about a return to the workplace. The guidance needs to provide clarity on key employer obligations on health and safety and employment rights and highlight that businesses should put their people and their concerns first when returning workers to the workplace.

Ahead of the government’s announcement on Sunday, Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, said:  “The Government’s draft

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COVID-19 daily wrap: Three-step plan to lift restrictions

The National Cabinet has introduced a three-step framework on easing coronavirus restrictions, with states and territories to decide on their own pace. Premier Mark McGowan on Sunday will announce which coronavirus restrictions will be lifted in Western Australia

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How the pandemic is affecting the WSJ’s events business

Kerry Flynn of CNN Business explores how media operations such as The Wall Street Journal have had their events business affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Flynn writes, “The Wall Street Journal hosts hundreds of events every year, from intimate dinners for its C-suite communities to big conferences like WSJ Tech Live and the Future of Everything. Tickets for the Future of Everything can cost up to $1,800 for a three-day pass.

“Those tentpole events require significant planning. The Journal’s events team started coordinating this year’s Future of Everything festival, scheduled for May 11 to 13 in New York City, last April. Leigh Gilmore, the Journal’s general manager of live journalism, said by March her team knew it couldn’t go on.

“The format of the virtual series is similar to the in-person event with the Journal’s editors leading panels about technology, innovation and business. For now access is free and

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