Coronavirus: How to help minimise the risks in your workplace

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Our team of HR and Health & Safety experts are here to help - whatever your situation and circumstance. Thanks to our many years of working with businesses across the country – especially during this unprecedented time – we know just how important it is you get your HR and Health & Safety compliance just right.

Stay up to date.

We understand that, during this time of fast-moving, daily change, you will naturally have many questions on how best to protect your business and your people. Our HR and Health & Safety experts have been following the government updates in the fight against COVID-19 and have created a variety of content to keep you updated with the latest information.

Some of the great resources we can offer you include:

  • access to our team of HR and Health & Safety experts
  • comprehensive resources featuring our expert guidance and guaranteed advice
  • tools, templates and examples that you can easily make specific to your business
  • E-Learning modules so you can rest assured that everyone understands their responsibilities in and outside the workplace

Get in touch today.

If you’d like to speak to a HR professional or one of our team regarding your Health & Safety needs please get in touch.

Key questions we can discuss with you include:

  • My employee is self-isolating – can I furlough them?
  • I have work available but my employee refuses to work, what do I pay them?
  • I’m a single person Limited Company and take a PAYE salary, can I furlough myself?
  • Can I partially furlough an employee?
  • What about holidays an employee has booked when furloughed?
  • My employee resigned but has asked to be taken on and be furloughed, do I have to?

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    Covid 19 - Returning to work in the Office & Risk Assessments

    Brexit - Guy Talks

    The UK has approximately 4.2 million people classed as “working within an office” environment, so with Government experts regarding enclosed spaces as higher risk areas for Covid-19 transmission, it poses a big challenge for industries to plan their workforce's safe return to work.


    Essential training for your business - now from only £2.99

    Brexit - Guy Talks

    Whether you’ve continued trading through the COVID-19 crisis or are planning your reopening, there's nothing normal about the route back to ‘normal’ - it's going to require some pre-planning, some help and a new approach to safety.


    Back to business signage.

    Brexit - Guy Talks

    Now that we have had a first look at the government’s roadmap for moving through the next phase of lockdown, we know that you’ll be thinking about what reopening your business will involve.


    Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Guidelines.

    Brexit - Guy Talks

    The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been implemented to help protect jobs during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


    Sickness and Coronavirus.

    Brexit - Guy Talks

    Guidance on Sickness and Coronavirus.


    Mental Health and Wellbeing during Lockdown.

    Brexit - Guy Talks

    Employee mental health is always a key concern for businesses but in the current climate individuals may find themselves suffering more and with their mental health and wellbeing, and in new ways.


    FAQs - Furlough

    Brexit - Guy Talks

    FAQs during furlough


    Covid 19 - Returning to work in Construction.

    Brexit - Guy Talks

    Following the Governments’ announcement on the 10th of May of its ‘road map out of lockdown,’ some businesses are being encouraged to get back up and running and operating safely from this week


    Retail - The green light to reopen on the 15th of June and how to do it safely

    Brexit - Guy Talks

    Retailers all across the UK are being asked to start planning for a return to work.


    Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces measures to support self-employed.

    Brexit - Guy Talks

    Employees kept on by struggling businesses during the coronavirus outbreak will have 80% of their wages subsidised by the government, but ministers were criticised for not going so far for the self-employed.


    Your FAQ's answered by backbench MP Dr Luke Evans.

    Brexit - Guy Talks

    Dr Luke Evans, a backbench MP (for Hinckley & Bosworth) has given his view on the current crisis and looks at what it means to furlough. Here he answers some questions raised since the recent announcements.


    Business Interruption Loan & furloughed workers - our advice.

    Brexit - Guy Talks

    Are you considering the process? Find out more and read our advice here.


    Furloughed workers explained.

    Brexit - Guy Talks

    What are furloughed workers? The meaning of 'furlough', and how coronavirus measures work for UK employees.


    Clarification on new government restrictions.

    Brexit - Guy Talks

    Following the Prime Ministers’s announcement on 23 March, we’ve had many calls from business owners, concerned that the new, stricter measures announced by the government will mean that they have to shut their business for the next three weeks.


    Coronavirus: update for employers

    Brexit - Guy Talks

    The Government yesterday announced the coronavirus job retention scheme which has backed up its requests of businesses affected by the crisis not to terminate the employment of its workers.


    Coronavirus: Further information after school shutdown confusion.

    Brexit - Guy Talks

    Detailed guidance for parents and employers has been published


    Coronavirus: Answers promised after school shutdown confusion.

    Brexit - Guy Talks

    Schools are scheduled to close at the end of Friday for an indefinite period and all GCSEs and A-Levels have been cancelled.



    Brexit - Guy Talks

    Our E-Learning modules will enable you to train your staff in the comfort of the office, or in their own homes.


    Statutory Sick Pay

    Brexit Myths

    Following the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announcing that the government will reimburse small employers yesterday, we have been asked to provide further details on the terms of the proposal.


    COVID-19 Risk Assessment

    Brexit Myths

    Example Risk Assessments are written by qualified professionals, delivered instantly to your email address ready for you to download and start editing straight away. The template should be changed to suit the exact works you are carrying out.


    Hand Hygiene

    Brexit - Guy Talks

    Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others from illnesses such as food poisoning and flu. Washing your hands properly removes dirt, viruses and bacteria to stop them spreading to other people and objects, which can spread illnesses.


    Mental health: How to protect yours

    Brexit Myths

    Coronavirus has plunged the world into uncertainty and the constant news about the pandemic can feel relentless. All of this is taking its toll on people's mental health, particularly those already living with conditions like anxiety and OCD. So how can we protect our mental health?


    Measures for individuals and businesses

    Brexit Myths

    The Government has announced details about the emergency Coronavirus Bill which it plans to publish this week which will provide powers and mechanisms to deal with the current crisis.


    Government packages & additional funding

    Brexit Myths

    In the budget and yesterday’s briefing, the Government announced a range of packages which can be summarised as follows with the likelihood of more measures to be announced over the next week including possible direct support for wage payments.


    What is Coronavirus?

    Brexit Questions Answered

    It’s a new type of virus that was first identified in Wuhan City, China. Symptoms are similar to a common cold, they could include a fever and a cough, which could progress to severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

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