In this month’s Workplace Law, we explore the options for restructuring and redundancies as the furlough scheme comes to a close at the end of September, we look at the key signs of stress and distress and how to combat burn out, and also discuss what is best practice when it comes to testing employees for COVID-19. If you have any questions about any of these issues please do get in touch.
What are the options for restructuring and redundancies as furlough comes to an end?
After being extended several times, the furlough scheme is due to finally close at the end of September this year. The government has been encouraging this wind down of the furlough scheme since the beginning of July, when employers had to begin paying 10% of their furloughed workers’ wages.
How to combat burnout: what are the key signs of stress and distress to look out for?
Research has shown that many remote workers are clocking in more hours and facing a bigger workload then before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Remote workers have developed habits of taking shorter lunch breaks and working through sickness. Furthermore, the sheer length of the pandemic and the delays to unlocking the country, are stressors that have worn employees down.
What is best practice when it comes to testing employees for COVID-19?
Employers that are welcoming staff back into work may wish to introduce processes and protocols around encouraging their employees to be regularly tested for COVID, to help reduce the spread of the virus and keep employees and customers safe.