Coronavirus & Furlough FAQ for employees

We thought you might find it useful if we did a Coronavirus FAQ looking at some of the popular questions, employee’s have of their employer during this time. What can I do for my employer of if I am furloughed? Very little. You can be asked to attend meetings either in person/or virtually. You can […]

Shielding after 2nd December- What employers need to know

Now that England is out of Lockdown 2.0 the belief that Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) employees should shield seems to have passed. This presents a number of issues for employers. Specifically that their employees may still feel uncomfortable coming to work, but yet the guidance has suggested that unless they receive further written communication from […]

HMRC to crack down hard on Furlough fraud


Now that the Government has extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme it is no surprise that they have released further guidance as to how they intend to tackle furlough fraud. There’s several ways in which furlough fraud can occur: It can be any amount the employer was not entitled to receive (including where the employer […]

Holiday & Furlough – What are the rules?

We have been asked a few times over the last 2 weeks (since the announcement that the CJRS would be extended) what are the rules relating to holidays and the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will have on holidays taken in November and December 2020. Holidays Accrued during Furlough Firstly, whether you are furloughing now […]

When it’s not working… try a change in direction

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”] [et_pb_row admin_label=”row”] [et_pb_column type=”4_4″] [et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] How many times have you thought to yourself, why is this not working? When you manage a team its easy to find what I call ‘tried and tested’ ways of doing things, whether its asking people to work extra hours, or stop what they are doing to […]

Remember the face to face meeting – even if it is virtual.

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How often have you been asked by someone in HR “did you keep a note of that?” or “is it recorded somewhere?” It’s always a good thing to have records or a paper trail of what happened when, why and who said what. Remember the human memory needs help as life and all it brings […]

How should we react when the absent employee seems to having a great time?

This week we’ve took several calls from employers, frustrated that they have staff who are signed off with anxiety and depression yet social media shows them looking well and having a great time. Both employers wanted to know what steps they could take to address their concerns at seeing this with their employees. In both […]

So What Does Work From Home If You Can Mean?


Today we saw Boris Johnson advise us in England that once again, we should work from home if we can. So what does that actually mean? It may be useful for the Government to make statements such as this, but they are vague by nature and can, and do, cause employees and employers confusion as […]

Should I be considering short time working beyond the 1st November?

With so much talk in the media about the threat of a new national lockdown and Rishi repeating that he can’t save every job, is it any wonder that employers are asking what next beyond Furlough. If you still have staff furloughed from work under the Job Retention Scheme the first question we have to […]

What should we do if a staff member has to go home as child needs to self isolate?

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”] [et_pb_row admin_label=”row”] [et_pb_column type=”4_4″] [et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] As I write this it’s James’ third week back in school after the lockdown. I am not sure any of us has got used to it yet.  Around our way at least one high school has closed to Year 9 as a child has tested positive. How […]

I’m a nice person, are my staff taking advantage of this?

I remember meeting a HR Director when I was at college (many many years ago!). She was invited to talk to us about her journey in HR and to provide us with inspiration of how if we all worked hard in our chosen path, one day this could be us. I sat there thinking, but […]

Latest nightmare on holiday and variable pay

The Working Time Regulations 1998 are 22 years old and if I am honest in need a massive overhaul. One area we employers really need clarity is the area of holiday and overtime. The regulations unhelpfully don’t state how holiday pay is calculated. Nice work legislators! There have been a number of cases through the […]

“But I haven’t joined here to clean!”

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The other week we were advising a client whose new employee had walked off and not returned citing that she hadn’t expected to be ask to do any cleaning. It makes me think about what is a reasonable management instruction. When we take a job and see the line in the Job Description, “any other […]

Are employees entitled to be paid their full contractual pay on keeping-in-touch days?

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Let’s Keep In Touch! Since the introduction of the Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999, regulation 12A, provides the right to work up to ten keeping-in-touch days (KIT) days during maternity leave. We shouldn’t forget that maternity leave lasts for up to 52 weeks regardless of service. Many women will advise their employers that they […]

The (very) Flexible Furlough Scheme from 1st July

Late last night (at 9.30 p.m.) the Government updated its guidance on how to claim for wages under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from 1st July. As we are still in June I am first going to remind you of the actions you need to be aware of before we get to 1st July. Anyone […]

Avoiding allegations of indirect sex discrimination with breast feeding mothers

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It’s probably not the first thing you ask a mother when she returns from maternity leave. “Hey, great to see you, please tell me whether you intend to breastfeed when you are at back!” But given the case of McFarlane and another v easyJet Airline Company Ltd, the Employment Tribunal held that easyJet’s roster practices […]

Don’t forget to re-enrol workers into your pension scheme

Every three years you must put certain staff who have left your pension scheme back into it. This is called re-enrolment, sometimes automatic re-enrolment or cyclical re-enrolment. To comply with the requirements of the Pensions Regulator firms must put the staff who have left the scheme back in and complete re-declaration of compliance to show […]

Manage staff working from home

It’s become the new normal up and down the land. Offices have been vacated leaving staff to work at home. It may not be ideal, but we’ve had to make it work. In our case, there was work to be done. So how do you manage people working from home. Firstly you can’t worry about […]

Holiday during the closure

I am writing this to try and answer what many of you are asking about how holidays will work whilst your business is closed. This blog attempts to answer what you can do if the majority of staff are furloughed under the Job Retention Scheme as you have no work for them to do. Late […]

Protecting your employees from Domestic Abuse

Why is domestic abuse an employment issue? Put simply, domestic abuse results in decreased productivity, increased absenteeism, increased errors and increased employee turnover. The safety of your employee is also paramount. You have a duty of care to all employees. An understanding and effective workplace with measures in place will build a more nurturing and […]

Menopause – Are your Manager’s aware of their responsibilities?


ACAS published guidance on how to manage menopause at work and since then there have been more information published about what employers need to consider when managing employees who are transitioning through the menopause. The CIPD says that 59% of women who experience menopausal symptoms said that it impacted them negatively at work. Let’s think […]

What’s changing for employment contracts for 2020?

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From April 2020 the Government has introduced new regulations to require all workers to receive a Written Statement on their first day of employment. Previously the employer had 8 weeks’ to give their new employees a copy of their Written Statement and didn’t need to give one at all if the worker was casual assignment […]

Enough is Enough! Are you being too soft with your team members?

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Getting employees to read the Employee Handbook

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For many employers, creating an employee handbook seems to require so much effort that they put it off to tomorrow, and as you may expect, tomorrow never comes. Here at Redwing Solutions we recognise the value of the Employee Handbook. We have seen on numerous occasions the benefits that having an Employee Handbook can have […]

Dealing with staff who misuse their time at work

“Hang on a minute, I can’t talk just now, I’m at work, let me pop outside and we can have a catch up”. That’s what I heard the hairdressers’ junior tell her caller on the phone recently.  It’s alright love, I’ll towel dry my own hair! Many of us will have been served by someone […]