What is furlough

What is furlough and how does it work? A guide for employers

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A word that very rarely graced our daily office chatter before March 2020, but the concept of ‘furlough’ is now one that is very present in the minds of the UK’s workforce. Announced by the Chancellor as part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was designed to minimise the threat of mass redundancies across the country and adversely affecting economic performance as business slows or comes to a grinding halt altogether. Employees may be furloughed due to a slowdown in operations or simply because there is no work for them to do due…

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4 benefits of delivering a good employee on-boarding experience

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Employee on-boarding is defined by the CIPD as “the whole process from an individual’s contact with the organisation before they formally join, through to understanding the business’ ways of working and getting up to speed in their job.” The first few weeks for any new hire can be critical in forming a lasting impression that can impact performance, engagement and ultimately, retention. But 15% of new hires that resign within the first three months cite a lack of on-boarding process as a major contributor to their decision to leave. No matter how prepared a new hire is for a role,…

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6 ways to ensure cybersecurity for remote workers

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Large swathes of UK employees already work remotely; whether by design or by default, working away from the office is increasingly commonplace. Fuelled by improvements in technology and cloud-based software, remote workers are not only a new normal, but flexible working has come to be an expected perk for many. Research carried out in 2019 by the International Workplace Group, found that 80% of people said that when faced with two similar jobs, they would turn down the position that didn’t offer flexible working conditions. Furthermore, data from the Office of National Statistics found that the number of remote workers…

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What is a business continuity plan

What is a business continuity plan and how can HR support it?

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A business continuity plan (also known as BCP) involves establishing procedures that will keep your business operating as normal after a disaster or unforeseen event has occurred that means typical working practices are changed. For example, workers may be asked to work remotely or to use different tools and processes in order to continue working. It is worth noting that BCP differs from Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP) in that DRP is more concerned with restoring normal business operations after a disaster has taken place. In times of crisis, many businesses will be challenged to safeguard and support employees while continuing…

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Budget 2020: What does it mean for HR and payroll teams?

Budget 2020: What does it mean for HR and payroll teams?

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Earlier this week, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a number of initiatives, funding and plans for the UK economy. Taking place against a backdrop of both the COVID-19 outbreak and Brexit; the government’s plans to ‘level up’ the British economy were outlined. This week’s Budget includes a number of ‘fiscal stimuli’ that include support for businesses throughout the coronavirus outbreak, increases to the National Living Wage and changes to the National Insurance Contribution thresholds. But there are significant announcements from this week’s Budget that will directly impact HR and payroll departments across the country. Statutory Sick Pay entitlement for self-isolating staff…

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