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Mental health support from ACAS

Mental health support from ACAS

ACAS has launched a new campaign to support small businesses and organisations with mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.  The guidance for businesses can be found on this link. There is also a communication toolkit for businesses which includes various assets. The law Employers have a ‘duty of care’. This means they must do...

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Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme reintroduced

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme reintroduced

Employers with less than 250 employees could reclaim up to the first two weeks of any COVID related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) up to 30 September 2021.  Government has now reactivated the SSP Rebate Scheme so that employers can claim for COVID related sickness absence from 21 December 2021.  Employers can make a claim through...

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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday in 2022

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday in 2022

This year sees an extra bank holiday for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. May Bank Holiday Weekend moves to Thursday 2 June 2022 with the additional day off added on 3 June. Depending on how the employment contracts are worded, staff may or may not be entitled to the time off as a paid bank holiday,...

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Temporary changes to sickness absence self-certification

Temporary changes to sickness absence self-certification

The rules on self-certification have changed to release some pressure from GPs who are focused on booster jabs.  The previous rules allowed an employee to self-certify for the first 7 days of absence after which further absence will require a Fit Note (GP certificate of fitness) to enable SSP to be paid by the employer...

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ACAS working from home guidance

ACAS working from home guidance

ACAS has produced new guidance for employers on managing staff who are working from home or have asked to work from home. The topic included in the guidance include: Having a homeworking policy Employees requesting to work from home Pay and terms and conditions.

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DWP offers Kickstart guidance on filling vacancies

DWP offers Kickstart guidance on filling vacancies

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has produced a one-pager for businesses with five tips on how to fill your Kickstart vacancy swiftly and successfully. The tips are: Make sure you know who at the local jobcentre can support your recruitment process Re-read your job description You can promote your own job Have you...

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Updates to guidance for businesses with apprentices

Updates to guidance for businesses with apprentices

Further updates to the guidance for businesses with apprentices now: remove the apprentices on furlough section, now that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has ended reflect Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education extending end-point assessment discretions and flexibilities remove the following temporary flexibilities: permitting email confirmation as evidence of achievement of qualifications where awarding organisations...