Over the past few months, our employment team have been sharing their words of wisdom via a range of webinars. From carrying out temperature checks in the workplace to tackling the redundancy process, here is a handy collection of our webinars from the last few months.
Changing the terms and conditions of employment
Reviewing employment contracts should be an ongoing process for businesses, no matter what the current climate is, but COVID-19 has accelerated the need for change. With remote working having become a necessity, duties altering, and employee benefits potentially having shifted in nature, employers should review contracts now to ensure they still apply.
Our contract changes webinar discusses how to go about changing the terms and conditions of an employment contract, including what rights both the employer and the employee have in the process.
Temperature checks in the workplace
Although current government guidance states that employees should work from home if they can, for sectors where that isn’t possible, such as manufacturing and hospitality and leisure, it can be difficult for employers to find the right balance between safety and privacy.
Temperature checks are one way to assess whether someone has COVID-19 or not. They are also quick and simple to carry out in the workplace. However, can employers demand that these checks are done before staff and visitors enter the premises?
Employers may see it as a way to easily protect their employees’ health, but it could in fact impact their privacy. Health data brings with it a host of extra restrictions and complications regarding GDPR, and employers must be aware of this before making temperature checks part of working life.
Our temperature checks webinar explores the complex issues, looking at how to correctly follow GDPR guidelines and what rights employers and employees have.
Redundancies: how to apply best practice
As the furlough scheme comes to a close next month, the new Job Support Scheme will go some way to stopping a huge spike in unemployment. However, for businesses that are already on the brink of collapse, it might not be enough.
Unfortunately, redundancies may be the only option for some organisations to survive, allowing them to cut costs and overheads. It is never an easy choice for employers to make, but as long as the process is carried out fairly, it doesn’t have to lead to further stress.
Our redundancy webinar focuses on the common issues that businesses face when planning and executing redundancies, how to apply best practice, and what some of the myths are regarding this process.
The new immigration system and recruiting overseas workers
COVID-19 may have taken the country’s focus away from Brexit, but it is still set to happen next year, impacting a variety of businesses.
Set out in February this year, the UK’s new points-based immigration system is due to start from 1 January 2021, once free movement with the EU has ended. The goal is to attract skilled workers from across the globe who will be able to contribute to the UK’s economy, with EU and non-EU citizens assessed equally. But what does this mean for employers?
In our business immigration webinar, we explain the new points-based system and the implications it could hold for companies - providing guidance on planning for and implementing the changes it will bring, as well as summarising the policy statement details for sponsoring skilled workers from outside of the UK.
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Recruiting post-Brexit: understanding the UK's new immigration system
8 October 2020
With less than two months to go before the UK’s new immigration system is launched, employers need to understand how they will recruit non-UK staff from 2021. This webinar provides employers with an overview of how the new system will shape future recruitment practices and provide practical solutions to support businesses to prepare today.
The new Job Support Scheme
15 October 2020
On Thursday 24 September Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the Job Support Scheme, which will replace the furlough scheme - currently due to come to an end on 31 October 2020. This webinar, we will cover what we know about the new scheme, what other schemes are available to support employees and how to assess its potential value to your business.
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