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New COVID-19 guide for employers

22 Sep 2020Alex Hastings Employment and HR (COVID19)HR

The Public Health Agency has produced a new guide: 'COVID-19 in a business setting - a quick guide for employers'.

Payscales for 2020/21

28 Aug 2020Alex Hastings HRHR, NJC Payscales

The National Joint Council for Local Government Services pay agreement has been confirmed, with a cost of living increase of 2.75% from 01 April 2020.

HR mentoring support for small charities – CIPD offer to NICVA members

23 Jul 2020Shauna O'Neill COVID 19, Employment and HR (COVID19), HRHR, Employment

Navigating through the workplace and people challenges caused by Covid-19 can be difficult.  This is particularly the case for small charities – many of whom have either a limited or no HR function.  

Planning for Flexible Furlough

9 Jun 2020Alex Hastings Employment and HR (COVID19)HR, COVID19 (Coronavirus)

With detailed guidance from the Government expected on Friday 12 June about the 'flexible furlough scheme ' from July, the CIPD have produced a helpful checklist for planning for the changes as they come in. 

Risk Assessment - Planning a safe return to premises

8 Jun 2020Alex Hastings COVID 19, Running your Organisation (COVID19), Employment and HR (COVID19), Governance (COVID19)HR

As organisations prepare to return safely to premises, risk assessments must be carried out for premises and activities/services taking place in them. This article provides some templates as well as helpful advice.

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from June onwards

1 Jun 2020Alex Hastings Employment and HR (COVID19), COVID 19COVID19 (Coronavirus), HR

On 29 May 2020 the Chancellor announced changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) which contained some key dates relating to furloughing workers as outlined below. 

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme portal now available

26 May 2020Alex Hastings Employment and HR (COVID19)COVID19 (Coronavirus), HR

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme was one of the first support measures announced by the Government and the HMRC online claims portal is now live.

Equality Commission allows flexibility for annual monitoring returns

19 May 2020Alex Hastings Employment and HR (COVID19)HR, COVID19 (Coronavirus)

Due to the current disruptions resulting from the impact of COVID19 on our workplaces and working practices, the Equality Commission is asking that employers submit the annual monitoring return when it is practicable to do so. 

NI legislation amended allowing carry over of annual leave

5 May 2020Alex Hastings Employment and HR (COVID19)HR

An amendment to Working Time Regulations came into force in Northern Ireland on 24 April 2020 to allow for annual leave (up to 4 weeks) not taken as a result of coronavirus, to be carried over into the next two leave years.

NICVA HR Guidance on COVID-19

16 Mar 2020Alex Hastings Communications, HRCOVID19 (Coronavirus), HR, Health and Safety

This article contains signposting to sources of information regarding human resources during the coronavirus outbreak, as well as practical guidance on steps to take—for example, regarding absence and leave.