The PwC survey also found that UK business leaders were more likely than their international peers to provide financial assistance to staff and support the mental health and wellbeing of workers. Despite the end of the furlough scheme in October and signs of a resurgence in the virus in some areas, employers expect the jobs outlook to be tentatively heading in the right direction as 2020 ends. Hong Kong requires any travellers to show they have had a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours of their arrival. Airline Videos, Route Maps and Aircraft Slide Shows. The think tank also warned the pandemic would still pose a “significant threat to lives and livelihoods across Scotland for some time to come”, and called for urgent action from the Scottish and UK governments to tackle the problem. Learn how your comment data is processed. The poll, conducted for Smart, also highlighted financial concerns among older employees planning to retire. Additionally, Johnson will lay out plays for mass testing to be introduced in all tier-three areas. But the continuing deterioration of the retail sector due to the impact of the pandemic and second lockdown have made this process longer and more complex than we would have hoped."Â. The company – which employs about 44,000 people across a variety of restaurant chains – said it is working with advisers to offload a string of leasehold sites that face permanent closure if suitors cannot be found. 12.15pm Staying GDPR compliant during Covid-19. In total, they have vowed to pay back more than £2bn to the UK government. Melanie Lane and Catherine Taylor look at what recent clarifications from Westminster mean for employers considering bringing workers back to the office. What considerations should employers be aware of? 1.40pm Can employers make masks mandatory? 12.20pm Two arrested in London on suspicion of £70,000 furlough fraud, Two people have been arrested in London as part of an HMRC investigation into a suspected £70,000 furlough fraud. ", 2.45pm Government considers tighter measures which could see hospitality businesses shutÂ. David added: “Airlines around the world are having to make dramatic decisions in order to survive and the damage will take years to repair.” Quantas said all affected ground handling staff will be entitled to a redundancy package and be given support to transition to new jobs outside the business. Pubs and restaurants can reopen in tier one and two areas, although in tier two alcohol can only be served with a “substantial meal”. Now in terms of helping those people, I don't think the right thing to do is to endlessly extend furlough. Sharon White, chair of the John Lewis Partnership, said that “outside of exceptional circumstances” the company did not expect to start paying a staff bonus again until its profits exceeded £150m, and that it would pay a bonus of at least 10 per cent if profits rose about £300m. Analysis by NTT Data found the number of fit notes issued in April, May and June 2020 dropped by 34 per cent when compared to the 12-month average. On Friday (9 October), chancellor Rishi Sunak outlined an extension to the job retention scheme to support UK employers that could be forced to shut their doors over the winter because of coronavirus restrictions. Responding to the findings, Helen Astill, founder of Cherington HR, said: “There will be lots of people out of work who will be looking to apply for those roles when they appear, but the smart employers will look at taking on the less experienced candidates, perhaps as apprentices or new graduates, to develop and train them to be the future of their businesses.”, 1.45pm How businesses can stop the pandemic wiping out workplace gender equality, Anne Pritam and Leanne Raven round up the key steps employers can take to support their female staff – and protect themselves.Â, 1.30pm Victorian Plumbing to hand back furlough payments. It seems much more prudent to revisit the topic once we see what the winter unfolds like. 11.50am What challenges will 2021 bring for HR teams? Katrina Stephens, director of public health for Oldham Council, told the Guardian it was discussing the closure of bars, restaurants and gyms following a “sudden increase” of cases in the Greater Manchester town, but added it required national powers to enforce.Â, “Those discussions are taking place to start preparing for that, should it be needed. The retailer, which employers almost 900 people and has 74 stores across the UK, said at least 200 roles will be made redundant as 19 stores are now set to be closed.Â, Jigsaw said it was “pleased” its CVA proposal had been accepted by the majority of creditors. 9.30am Haven Holidays and Swanage Railway to cut jobs, Haven Holidays and Swanage Railway have said they will be cutting jobs amid warnings that the tourism industry is being “hit incredibly hard” by the Covid crisis. 12.20pm DW Sports falls into administration leaving 1,700 jobs under threat, Sports retailer and gym group DW Sports has announced it will go into administration after its income was negatively affected by the closure of stores and gyms during lockdown. 2.40pm Thousands of jobs at risk as Edinburgh Woollen Mill appoints administratorsÂ, Around 24,000 jobs are at risk as Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group (EWM), owner of clothing brands Peacocks and Jaeger, plans to appoint administrators in an attempt to save the business.Â. KPMG staff have said they want compensation for pay cuts made in anticipation of profits being hit by the pandemic. Employers have been urged to explore all other options before making cuts, including reductions in working time, withdrawing job offers so existing workers can be redeployed within the business and staff taking unpaid leave. People Management asked HR and employment law specialists what employers need to consider as they bring people back over the coming weeks.Â, 12.30pm Why trust is key to leading in challenging times, HR practitioners must help leaders to give their teams autonomy, create cultures of appreciation and ask searching questions, says Claire Gearon, 12.20pm London transport 'will shut without second bailout'. More than 34million people are living under tier three rules, including large parts of the Midlands, Yorkshire, the North East and the North West. This is a 50 per cent increase in the number of companies expecting to make redundancies compared to the previous quarter. ", Baggage handler Swissport has made 3,000 employees redundant after refusing to put them on furlough, according to union GMB. …Bistrot Pierre. Restaurants, cafes and pubs claimed more than £849m through the government’s month-long ‘eat out to help out’ scheme, as diners bought more than 160m discounted meals in August.Â. Investec has announced plans to cut 210 jobs – roughly 13 per cent of its total UK headcount – in its London office. The retailer's revenue fell 45.9 per cent to £169.5m for the 28 weeks ended 8 August, driven by the ongoing impact of Covid on trading. “For business passengers £80 is probably quite competitive but we've certainly said to the government in terms of introducing a test on arrival in the UK anything from £50-£60 would be better,” he said. “While this may have longer-term economic implications, it has certainly helped these countries to save lives,” it said, praising in particular the leadership styles of Jacinda Ardern, the New Zealand prime minister, Sanna Marin, the prime minister of Finland, and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor. It added: “The arrangement puts the company on solid footing moving forwards, and allows us to execute our turnaround strategy. To be frank, it looked like a ghost town,” Shah told the Guardian. According to the Telegraph, HMRC has determined 6,000 were trading at the time they applied and therefore qualified, but as part of its post-payment compliance checks, it is now looking into whether the remainder were eligible. M&B, which owns Harvester and All Bar One, employs 44,000 workers across 1,700 pubs and restaurants. The government is coming under mounting pressure to reform statutory sick pay (SSP). Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group, which also owns fashion chains Peacocks and Jaeger, confirmed that 50 stores would shut because of the negative impact of the pandemic on the business. Research by the Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP) has found that 64 per cent of businesses would support tightening existing labour market regulations and increasing the minimum wage to protect employees from insecure work and in-work poverty during the coronavirus outbreak. Under the scheme, only small and medium enterprises (SMEs) – businesses with fewer than 250 staff – can have their SSP payments reimbursed if their staff cannot work because of Covid-19. More than half of UK employees’ wellbeing has been negatively affected over the past month, according to a survey, as many employers start cutting jobs and asking staff to return to workplaces. Hannah Netherton and Anna Cope explore whether employment law can keep pace with the home working revolution. That is the threshold we use for people to have to quarantine coming back into the UK. It has confirmed that the plans will not impact Bonmarché. Mashroom CEO Stepan Dobrovolskiy commented: “As employers open up to remote working as the new way of life, millions of renters are reconsidering their living conditions. The government will also increase fines for those refusing to wear a face covering when required from £100 (reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days) up to a maximum of £3,200. Not all retailers entered this crisis with the same financial strength or reserves to implement the measures required to keep colleagues, customers and communities safe.”. Arcadia Group is proposing to base some workers’ notice pay on their furlough earnings instead of their full salary – a potential breach of employment law in its redundancy terms. The government has estimated that “tens of thousands” of adults will be able to benefit from the fully funded courses, which mark the first major announcement as part of what prime minister Boris Johnson has dubbed his ‘lifetime skills guarantee’. BT's Openreach division is creating 5,300 new jobs in its drive to speed up the UK's broadband networks. Commenting on the report, Hayfa Mohdzaini, senior research adviser at the CIPD, said HR needed to be involved in any decisions to invest in technology that might significantly affect the number of jobs or the nature of work. A total of five staff have also been redeployed in other roles.Â, Fashion chains Peacocks and Jaeger have fallen into administration, putting more than 4,700 jobs and almost 500 shops at risk. The discount, which is due to run through August, can be claimed back by participating retailers from the government.Â. However, many companies under tier two lockdown, particularly in the hospitality sector, face additional restrictions but are denied access to the more generous furlough scheme. The Tribunal trouble report, released today (22 October) by Citizens Advice, also revealed that, in the first half of this year, nearly three in 10 (29 per cent) unfair dismissal cases were abandoned by employees who faced average waits of more than nine months to get their cases heard. The ONS said the UK's unemployment rate increased to 4.1 per cent between May and July, up from 3.9 per cent in April.Â, According to the data, workers aged between 16 to 24 have taken the heaviest jobs hit, with employment of young workers down by about 150,000 since March. HMRC said over 39,000 successfully made claims had been made by early this morning. To combat poor employee security practices, more than half (55 per cent) of those surveyed had banned, or planned to ban, staff from using personal devices to work from home. Under the scheme, worth £2bn, the government will cover the wages of traineeships offered to any young person aged 16 to 24 and on universal credit for six months, up to the cost of the relevant national minimum wage. Dentons said it is reviewing its approach to salaries for virtual roles, to ensure that they are “fair and equitable”. Employers could be asked to cover the cost of rapid turnaround coronavirus tests when they become available as part of the “cost of doing business”, PA has reported. In contrast, just 59 per cent of those testing negative were in customer facing roles.Â, The report said: “This is the first study to demonstrate the significant asymptomatic infection rate, exposure risks, and associated psychological distress of grocery retail essential workers during the pandemic.”. "  Breaches included: walkways designated as two-way travel despite being a meter wide, stairwells not wide enough for two-way travel and desks lacking “do not use” signage.Â, DWP has been warned a fee would need to be paid because of “material breaches” of health and safety law and was given a deadline of Tuesday 15 September to confirm action had been taken. A spokesman for Ulster Bank said the move to cut jobs was the "next phase" in the bank's cost cutting programme, and it aims to achieve these numbers on a "voluntary redundancy basis, where possible". 1.25pm Two-fifths of firms have sacked staff for cybersecurity breaches during Covid, poll shows. She said: “I am in regular contact with the RZSS, [which has] confirmed that the redundancy process has begun, so I would urge both governments to think carefully and extend emergency funding to tide the charity through the coming months.”, 1.15pm Trade fair specialist Reed Exhibitions cuts staff. Nearly two in five (38 per cent) private sector employers said they were expecting to reduce headcount, compared to less than one in five (16 per cent) in the public sector. A spokesperson for the DWP said: “More expert work coaches means more personal, tailored support for jobseekers who are looking to get going with a new career or to move on from a struggling sector.”, 5pm A third of practitioners say L&D will be more important after pandemic. The survey of almost 800 HR decision-makers found only a quarter (26 per cent) of businesses trained managers to recognise the symptoms of drug and alcohol problems. ", 8.20am Building affordable housing could be key to Scotland's post-Covid jobsÂ, Building affordable housing should be a key part of Scotland's recovery during the recession caused by the pandemic, a report has said. 12.45pm Misconduct in the time of Covid-19. “The hope is that, through September and October, we can really get – with proper testing – a lot more running,” he told the paper. Employment minister Mims Davies yesterday (15 September) indicated that more targeted support for struggling sectors could be announced by the government, prompting speculation the government was preparing a new jobs scheme. While acknowledging that most employers wanted “to do the right thing”, the report said the data showed many were not, raising concerns about fair redundancy processes, automatic unfair reasons for redundancy and discrimination. ( Log Out /  The more generous job support scheme would be made available to eligible companies regardless of which of the government’s three tiers they were covered by, Sunak said.Â, 12.40pm Supporting parents should be for life, not just parental leave. The paper cautioned that the need to implement social distancing measures and the growing risk that staff could be required to take time off work because they are sick or to social isolate potentially increased the cost of human labour when compared to automated alternatives. Labour has launched a campaign over mass coronavirus job losses, saying the gradual removal of the furlough scheme is a “historic mistake”. In July, 1,784 firms began the process of making nearly 150,000 roles redundant in July. But soft play, funfairs, indoor bowling alleys, casinos and bingo halls will remain closed. But the bank told the BBC it would ask staff to return to remote working following the latest guidance from the UK government.Â, 1pm Prime minister confirms a return to working from home. Sainsbury's said it planned to open stores on Boxing Day, but that most staff would have the day off. Administrators said the brand's 225 stores would continue to trade while options for the business were explored. 12.40pm Can employers reduce pay for permanent home working? The collapse of the talks will likely result in the closure of pubs and bars and other non-essential businesses for 28 days. A further 12 roles at its London head office have also been cut following a consultation launched in late July. It is followed by Edinburgh at 57 per cent, while Belfast and Crawley were at 55 per cent. 11.30am Concrete manufacturer to create 95 jobs, Tobermore Concrete, which manufactures paving and walling for the UK and Ireland, has said it plans to create 95 jobs. Among men aged 18 to 24, one in six (15.7 per cent) were unemployed, compared to just 10.2 per cent of women of the same age.Â. A WW spokesperson said: “As the ongoing Covid crisis has forced the closure of our workshops around the world, we have had to make difficult decisions that will impact some of our valued team members. He said: "We reopened most stores in June and have been exploring every possible option, but it was obvious that the business, as previously structured, would remain under severe pressure from the ongoing challenges of Covid-19. Further details of which courses will meet this criteria are due to be set out next month. But this flexibility comes at a cost to employers. Her warning followed a group of London-based businesses, including insurers Aviva and Legal & General, insurance broker Aon, management consultants Accenture, law firm Clyde & Co and property company JLL holding a meeting on Monday (7 September) to discuss ways that companies would work to support employees and businesses return to the workplace. 11.50am After Covid, sharing data will be key to improving wellbeing. Just under a fifth (18 per cent) said their HR team was between 11 and 50-strong, 6 per cent reported 51 to 100, 3 per cent 101 to 250 and 2 per cent more than 1,000. Two-fifths of younger workers have either reduced their pension contributions or stopped saving for retirement altogether as the lockdown squeezes their personal finances, research has suggested. They support thousands of local firms, from dry cleaners to sandwich bars… Some of our busiest city centres resemble ghost towns, missing the usual bustle of passing trade,” she said. The charity called for additional funding for the Health and Safety Executive, arguing that a lack of resources has made the watchdog slow to respond to the virus. Prime minister Boris Johnson announced the new measures on 31 October, just after confirming the number of Covid cases in the UK had passed the one million mark. The figures showed less than 1 per cent of claims were filed by businesses with more than 25 outlets, although these companies accounted for a third of the meals claimed for and a quarter of total discount claims. The group told the Press Association that its division serving catering and restaurants would cut around 1,350 to 2,450 jobs by the start of 2021, while about 200 roles are at risk of redundancy in its workwear arm. As part of the package of new measures, people who do not have A-levels or an equivalent qualification will be able to study a college course in England from April 2021 paid for via a £2.5bn national skills fund. 12.15pm Older workers are essential to UK businesses. ", Balfour Beatty Vinci Joint Venture, HS2's main works contractor for the West Midlands, said it expects to be one of the biggest recruiters in the region over the next two years. The funding will ensure TfL can address its financial shortfall as a result of the loss of passengers because of the pandemic. Jardine said she was “at a loss” to understand why the governments were not doing more to protect jobs at the RZSS and the vital work it does to conserve species like the Scottish wildcat. "The actions we have taken have put us in a strong position to navigate this time of uncertainty and we are well positioned to benefit as our markets return to growth,” Cowling said. Bird urged the government to consider “rapid compensation” to protect theatres and staff in tier three.Â, 4.15pm London to enter tier three from WednesdayÂ. Heathrow Airport has told unions it will seek pay cuts for thousands of workers because of the collapse of air travel during the pandemic. However, Unite union claimed Heathrow had enough money to avoid the cuts. In comparison, the unemployment rate for women was 4 per cent, only 0.1 percentage points higher than the previous quarter. 2pm Edinburgh Zoo starts redundancy process. Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said the scheme would “help people on low incomes and who are unable to work from home to continue playing their part in the national fight against this virus”. The amount of people who have caught it in workplaces is relatively low we think from the evidence we've got."Â. Exacerbating this, many of its branches had reduced their opening hours before lockdown restrictions were eased, while some shut temporarily due to staffing issues. Viren Patel, corporate director at the Open University, told People Management that spending so much money to plug gaps short term made no sense at any time, but particularly not in the current climate. Smith added that employers had the right to revoke annual leave so long as the notice given was the same number of days as the length of holiday. We are committed to ensuring that this is managed equitably and fairly, and that all impacted colleagues are treated with compassion and care. 12.40pm Could employers be obliged to pay the full wages of self-isolating staff? A report by the Fabian Society and trade union Community warned that Covid-19 had sped up the pace of existing job disruption and dislocation, and that low-paid workers in sectors most affected by social restrictions faced a “double whammy” from the economic impact of the virus and increasing technological change. Capita is to close more than a third of its offices in the UK for good, according to a report by the BBC, with the outsourcing firm planning to end leases for almost 100 workspaces. 4.15pm Most employers back tougher worker protection. A spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: “We urge businesses to do right by their employees and pay staff what they are rightly entitled to. A spokesperson said a majority, about 95 per cent, of Mitchells & Butlers had reopened after the first lockdown ended, but the remaining sites have been "under review on a case-by-case basis" ever since. John Lewis Partnership and Lloyds Banking Group have both announced plans to cut hundreds of jobs. 1.25pm One in eight older workers delaying retirement because of coronavirus, poll finds. Paul Eagland, BDO’s managing partner, said: “BDO accepted £4.1m of furlough money from the government to protect jobs that were otherwise at risk. When asked on BBC Breakfast whether the UK would follow France, Matt Hancock said the government was not considering this.Â, He told the BBC: "And the reason is that the evidence from NHS Test and Trace for where people catch the disease is that, very largely, they catch it from one household meeting another household, usually in one of their homes. Gerwyn Davies, senior labour market adviser for the CIPD,  called for “much more immediate” public investment for training and reskilling above what had been announced so far. A company-wide restructure has prompted a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), which allows it to shut loss-making sites.Â, YO! Despite taking many actions to reduce cost and optimise revenue during the crisis, the continued lockdowns and restrictions have made this CVA a necessity.”, 4.40pm Self-isolation period shortened to 10 daysÂ, The self-isolation period for contacts of people with coronavirus, and those returning from high-risk countries, will be shortened from 14 days to 10 across the UK from Monday. Ultimately, RMT will not allow its members to be made to pay the price of the coronavirus crisis.”, 9.45am Frasers Group confirms interest in Arcadia brands, Frasers Group has confirmed it is considering buying Arcadia brands such as Topshop. John O’Connell, general secretary of the Financial Services Union, said the announcement of the redundancies was poorly timed and called for them to be postponed. The company said it was making the changes because it thought call centre operations would be more efficient if run from one location.Â, 8.10am Stobart Aviation Services plans job cuts at Stansted Airport. The new jobs include delivery drivers and extra staff in store to pick online orders. New analysis of official data obtained by a freedom of information request found employers notified the government of nearly 380,000 staff at risk of redundancy between May and July 2020. According to a report by Sky News, Bounty is preparing to confirm a pre-pack administration later this week, which could result in as many as 300 redundancies. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced it will recruit 170 work coaches for East Anglia, a region that has been disproportionately hit by unemployment, as part of its plan to hire thousands more Jobcentre staff across the UK. Figures from HMRC showed that, as of 26 July, 9.5 million people had been placed on furlough. As part of a pack for potential buyers, the store – which employs 12,000 people – outlined plans for the possible closure of between 20 and 60 stores over time.Â, 10am One in five North Sea oil companies ‘expect job cuts in 2021’. Men on higher incomes were most likely to flout the terms of the scheme. It added that the current levels of statutory sick pay – which is worth £96 a week – is “woefully inadequate”, and that the minimum earnings threshold of £120 a week excludes too many people. Earlier this year, the company revealed plans to cut its global workforce by 15 per cent by the end of 2020, representing almost 10,000 jobs. Addressing parliament, Boris Johnson outlined a number of additional restrictions, but said this was “no means a return to the full lockdown” introduced in March. She said: "I hope we are preparing for the worst possible scenario and that we don't have to take it in the long run." However, Craig Beaumont of the Federation of Small Businesses raised concerns about the additional financial impact this latest change would have on SMEs, telling the BBC that 23 per cent of SMEs were considering reducing their headcount in the next three months.Â. Centrica, owner of British Gas, has been in talks with unions about simplifying its employment contracts and plans to cut 5,000 jobs to help the energy company survive the pandemic. 1.50pm Shaw Trust to recruit more than 600 new workers. LGH manages 55 properties, including some Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Hallmark hotels, and about 2,500 employees on behalf of the hotels. Carol Leaman, chief executive of Axonify, said: “It is no question that the grocery and retail industries have been directly in the eye of the storm, so they have certainly been dealing with more chaos than the average employer.”, 1.30pm The government’s three-tier system: how five employers are responding, People Management spoke to HR leaders in ‘high’ and ‘very high’ alert areas to find out whether this has affected their approach to home working and staff safety.   Â, 1.15pm Key HR considerations of the move to remote working. The ONS report also found that parents spent more time working in September and October, when compared to the first lockdown. Now is the time for all stakeholders to come together and design a new model fit for the 21st century, say Chris Kane and Eugenia Anastassiou. A quarter of employees are not planning to hire any young people or trainees next year, a CIPD poll has found, as experts warn that failing to bring in and develop new employees could block talent pipelines and exacerbate the skills crisis. In an interview with radio station LBC, Hancock said he hoped a lockdown could be avoided, but he "wouldn't make a vow" that the UK would not return to a full lockdown should coronavirus cases continue to spike. The new restrictions will last for six weeks from Boxing Day with non-essential shops closing for business. More than half (60 per cent) of retail workers have said their businesses are now better placed to deal with the second wave – increasing to 66 per cent when looking at just supermarket workers – a poll has found. The economic and social impact of the coronavirus outbreak is having a severe effect on the mental health of young people, with those aged between 12 and 24 affected the most. 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