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Acas launches new guidance on mental health during coronavirus

Acas have published new guidance to help staff manage their mental health at work during coronavirus after a survey found 2 out of 5 employees working from home felt stressed, anxious or experienced mental health difficulties due to their working situation.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 27 May 2020

Statutory sick pay refund scheme for small/medium sized employers

The Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Funding of Employers’ Liabilities) Regulations 2020 come into in force from 26 May 2020. The Regulations provide for eligible small and medium-size employers to apply to HMRC for a refund of the cost of paying SSP to their employees, up to a certain threshold, where an employee’s incapacity for work is related to coronavirus.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 26 May 2020

Emergency Volunteering Leave – a guide to rights during COVID-19 crisis

Following the call to the British public for volunteers to support front line NHS,  caring and emergency workers during this COVID19 emergency a significant number of people have signed up. The Coronavirus Act 2020 is now in force and makes provision for workers to take  emergency leave from their employment to volunteer to help the essential care services.

Article by: Jane Crosby, Partner, in Employment team - Hart Brown Solicitors 22 May 2020

Guide to duty of care to disabled employees

Over recent months, a number of Government Departments and reputable organisations have been publicly scrutinised due to investigations of their alleged failings in their treatment of disabled employees.

Article by: Maria Chadwick, Partner Employment and Discrimination Team - Stephensons Solicitors LLP 21 May 2020

COVID-19: New temporary Right to Work measures

When it comes to employment, the current coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a lot of uncertainty amongst both employees and employers. One specific group for which there is particular concern is foreign nationals currently living and working in the UK.

Article by: Graeme Kirk, Partner and Head of Immigration – Ellisons Solicitors incorporating Gross & Co 20 May 2020

ICO publish guidance for employers on workplace coronavirus testing

The ICO has published guidance for employers on data protection considerations if they want to carry out tests to check whether staff have symptoms of COVID-19 or the virus itself when they return to work.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 20 May 2020