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Zero Hours Contract – Notice Period

Zero Hours Contract – Notice Period

Zero-hour contracts have become increasingly popular in the UK, particularly with the growth of the gig economy, the Economics Online report 1.8 million workers in the UK are on zero-hour contracts, and the Office for National Statistics has reported a 300% increase...

Agile Working: The Complete Guide to Employers

Agile Working: The Complete Guide to Employers

What is Agile Working? The first question here is to define what we mean by agile working and how that differs from other types of working practices, such as flexible working. Put simply agile working can be described as a Company’s responsiveness to change, with work...

What Does the Covid Vaccine Mean for Employers?

What Does the Covid Vaccine Mean for Employers?

With the current roll out of the coronavirus vaccine, employers may be looking at whether they can insist on employees having the vaccine. The government have previously stated that they will not be making the vaccine compulsory for all, but that they wish to do it by...

Garden Leave – Guide to How it Works

Garden Leave – Guide to How it Works

What is Garden Leave? There are times when either an employee has resigned from their position, or they have been dismissed by the company, with notice, that the company do not require the employee to work their notice of employment, as per their contract of...

Employment Law Changes 2021

Employment Law Changes 2021

There are several changes to UK Employment Law occurring in 2021, these include the following: End to the Furlough Scheme As announced prior to Christmas, the furlough scheme that was due to end on 31st March 2021, was extended for one month, so it is now expected to...

January 2021 Lockdown for England

January 2021 Lockdown for England

Boris Johnson announced tonight (4th January) that England will enter into another national lockdown. The same as the March 2020 lockdown, we are told that we must stay at home except for permitted reasons. Schools, colleges and universities will close to pupils from...

Unlawful Deduction of Wages

Unlawful Deduction of Wages

Unlawful Deduction of Wages An unlawful deduction of wages occurs when an employee has either been unpaid or has been underpaid their wages by their employer for some reason. There must have been an actual deduction of wages, not just a threat or proposal to deduct...

Brexit – What Employers Need To Know

Brexit – What Employers Need To Know

With the coronavirus pandemic we’ve all been a bit distracted recently from the fact the UK is currently in an implementation (or transition) period of leaving the EU, which is due to end on 31st December 2020. Key facts; The freedom of movement between the UK and EU...

Furlough Claims Time Limits

Furlough Claims Time Limits

The government have announced new timescales for employers to lodge a furlough claim with the HMRC. All claims must be submitted within two weeks of the end of the previous calendar month, unless there is a reasonable excuse for not making a claim in this time frame....

How Has Covid-19 Effected Dentistry

How Has Covid-19 Effected Dentistry

The coronavirus 19 pandemic has without a doubt affected the lives of everyone around the world in one way or another. Dentistry is no exception. With new procedures, mental health concerns and a loss of earnings for almost everyone within the sector, adapting to the...

Responsibilities of Handling Customer Information

Responsibilities of Handling Customer Information

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is now a legal requirement for some organisations to collect customer, visitor and staff contact details for contact tracing purposes. These businesses have had to adhere to strict measures to ensure they are keeping customers and...

Job Support Scheme – Factsheet

Job Support Scheme – Factsheet

The job support scheme opens on 1st November 2020 and will run for 6 months until April 2021. Any employers using the Job Support Scheme will also be able to claim the Job Retention Bonus if they meet the eligible criteria for the JRB. The scheme is designed to...

Garden Leave and Pay In Lieu of Notice (PILON)

Garden Leave and Pay In Lieu of Notice (PILON)

There are times when either an employee has resigned from their position, or they have been dismissed by the company that the company do not require the employee to work their notice of employment. There are two options available to employers to enable the employee to...

Update On The New Job Support Scheme

Update On The New Job Support Scheme

Update on the new job support scheme Since the announcement about the New Job Support Scheme starting from the 1st November 2020 the HM Treasury has clarified certain parts that were causing confusion. Job Support Scheme rules Employees and employers do not have to...

New Job Support Scheme

New Job Support Scheme

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has announced a new Job Support Scheme today (24th September 2020) to replace the Job Retention Scheme which ends at the end of October 2020. This will directly support the wages of people in work, giving businesses the option of keeping...

EU Settlement Scheme

EU Settlement Scheme

The EU settlement scheme enables citizens of EU member states, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, who have lived in the UK continuously for a period of five years, to apply for settled status to remain in the UK. Those arriving in Britain prior to the...

Jury Service – What Employers Should Know…

Jury Service – What Employers Should Know…

What is Jury Service? Jury Service is a public duty within the UK, where individuals can be called to serve on active UK court cases such as assault, fraud and murder. As it’s a public duty, fines can be issued against individuals who do not turn up for jury service....

Benefits of Coaching in the Workplace

Benefits of Coaching in the Workplace

Why is coaching becoming so popular and sought-after Personal development and coaching are becoming hugely popular in the workplace as the millennial generation seek the fastest way to become successful and improve their earning potential at work.  Many workers are...

A Guide To Managing Redundancies

A Guide To Managing Redundancies

Have a redundancy plan Having a redundancy plan allows businesses to share information with their employees and help them to understand what is happening which makes it crucial to managing redundancies. The plan will help to manage each stage of the redundancy process...

Top 7 Performance Management Tips and Techniques

Top 7 Performance Management Tips and Techniques

What is performance management? Employees are critical to the success of companies and to achieve success, employees need to be heading in the same direction.  Performance management is a way to get employees there. Performance management is an ongoing process between...

Change Management

Change Management

Change management is a structured approach for ensuring that changes are thoroughly and smoothly implemented, and that the lasting benefits of change are achieved.  It requires businesses to define and adopt strategies, structures, procedures, and technologies to cope...

Job Retention Bonus Scheme Update

Job Retention Bonus Scheme Update

On 8 July 2020, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the Government’s Plan for Jobs 2020.  As part of that plan, Mr Sunak introduced a new Job Retention Bonus that will be payable in some circumstances to employers that bring employees back from furlough.  More detail...

Employee Communication

Employee Communication

Covid-19 has seen a rapid and continuous change to many companies, during this time good communication with employees has proved vital as the normal work-life that employees have been used to has changed dramatically over the last few months. Employees have found...

Top 13 HR Policies for Small Businesses

Top 13 HR Policies for Small Businesses

Why are HR policies important? What are HR policies? HR policies are written documents that provide guidance for managers and employees on a variety of topics. They help to provide transparency for all employees to create a positive working environment. It generally...

Collection of Information for Track and Trace

Collection of Information for Track and Trace

From 4th July many businesses in the leisure, tourism, hospitality, personal service, and places of worship have opened their doors for the first time since March when lockdown began. These businesses have had to adhere to strict measures to ensure they are keeping...

Do You Have An Inclusive Business?

Do You Have An Inclusive Business?

With the Black Lives Matter movement surging across the globe, businesses should take the impetus to look within at how they deal with inclusion within the work environment. To ensure full employee satisfaction and increases in performance any barriers around...

Job Retention Bonus Scheme

Job Retention Bonus Scheme

The chancellor has said there will be no extension to the furlough scheme that has been in place since March 2020. He has confirmed that there will be further financial support for businesses in the form of a bonus for employers who can bring employees back to work....

Engaging Employees Leaving Lockdown

Engaging Employees Leaving Lockdown

Employee engagement is the degree to which an employee’s positive or negative feelings about their job, colleagues and company influence their willingness to learn and perform at work. Leaders play a vital role in employee engagement and their leadership style must...

CVs in an Online World

CVs in an Online World

In an increasingly online world, many people ask: `Do I still need a CV?’ Clover HR believe the answer is `Yes.’ A CV is not only helpful but necessary. CV is an abbreviation for the Latin for ‘course of life’, i.e. experience. Which is what a potential employer is...

Remote Redundancy Consultation Meetings

Remote Redundancy Consultation Meetings

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the shrunken economy, redundancies are likely to happen across the UK. Under UK law if an employer is dismissing 20 or more people due to redundancy then they must consult with representatives of affected employees in...

Fathers Day 2020

Fathers Day 2020

Father’s day is a day of honouring fatherhood and paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers in society. Father’s day is celebrated this year on Sunday 21st June. Fathers as a whole are much more involved in raising their children than they have historically...

Creating an Effective CV

Creating an Effective CV

Creating an Effective CV In this changing world and during these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever to have a strong CV, highlighting your skills and experience to maximum effect.  So Clover HR have put together a few ideas as to how to create an...

Equal Opportunities

Equal Opportunities

The UK strives to promote equality in the workplace. Organisations have a responsibility to ensure that no person is treated differently because of their race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity status,...

Flexible Furlough Scheme

Flexible Furlough Scheme

  WHAT IS FLEXIBLE FURLOUGH? The new flexible furlough scheme starts on 1st July 2020. Under this scheme employees no longer need to avoid doing any work for the employer and they can work for part of the week and be furloughed for the rest of the week, in...

Video Conference Calls

Video Conference Calls

For many, working from home has become the new norm and the change in working habits can be a lot to take in. Over the last few months’ video calling has rocketed both from a professional and personal perspective, but how do you prepare for a professional virtual...

Redundancy and Furlough

Redundancy and Furlough

It is expected that at least a quarter of UK employers will make some form of redundancies as a result of the current pandemic. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was implemented to avoid businesses making redundancies as a result of the current pandemic,...

The Redundancy Process

The Redundancy Process

What is Redundancy? Redundancy is a special form of dismissal which happens when an employer needs to reduce the size of its workforce. In the UK, an employee is dismissed for redundancy if: The employer has ceased (or intends to cease) continuing the business, or;...

Furlough Changes – 31st May 2020

Furlough Changes – 31st May 2020

The government have confirmed that the UK furlough scheme will finish at the end of October 2020. They are slowly withdrawing the expensive support programme trying not to crash the economy. The government are hoping that the withdrawal process with be mirrored by...

Staggered Hours for Returning to the Workplace

Staggered Hours for Returning to the Workplace

Under the UK’s current guidance for getting employees back into the workplace following the coronavirus outbreak, one of the measures is for businesses to introduce staggered hours. The idea is this would reduce the number of people travelling at any one time,...

Statutory Sick Pay Repayments

Statutory Sick Pay Repayments

Statutory Sick Pay Repayments Employers may be able to use the Coronavirus Statutory Rebate Scheme to claim back employee’s coronavirus related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). This rebate scheme will repay employers SSP that has been paid to current or former employees. Who...

Furlough Facts

Furlough Facts

Please find the latest furlough update below for you. A summary of the main points: 10 June 2020 will be the last day that employers can place employees on furlough. from 1 July, 'flexible furlough' is being introduced, meaning employees will be able to work part-time...

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