Early Review of the Living Wage

The Living Wage Foundation, which accredits employers who sign up for its voluntary pay scheme, is to bring forward the annual review by eight weeks to the end of September. This will result in pressure being placed on 10,000 employers to raise the rate of pay for those facing the…

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Appeal option for Dismissals

Why employers should have an Appeal as an option in the event of a Dismissal   In the event of an employment tribunal claim, the tribunal is looking for fairness and reasonableness during the process. We recommend that an Appeal is always offered as this enables the employee to challenge…

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The Living Wage

What is “The living wage”?   The living wage is the hourly rate of pay calculated independently to be the minimum that a worker needs to earn to cover the basic costs of living. An employer may choose to pay it, but has no statutory obligation to do so. This…

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What are your long-term skills needs? – only 46% of companies have a have workforce planning strategy (CIPD Talent Planning Survey 2021)   With the struggle for talent, planning for the future has never been so important, as the year draws to a close we think this is a good…

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Pregnancy Actions

There have been a number of pregnancy and maternity-related employment tribunal rulings this year – we review what actions businesses should take Guildford HR finds that many of its’ clients are not aware of their responsibilities in this area, we hope you find this short article useful, but it is…

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Good Work Plan

What are the expected developments in Employment Law? Now your teams are going back to work in the office, we think the time is right to consider some of the next steps relating to the Good Work Plan and other initiatives. What does this mean for business, here are some…

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Employee Assistance Programmes

Employee assistance programmes – valued by employees and cost-effective for employers Guildford HR has just implemented an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) for one of our clients and it reminded us just how valuable this service can be for employees and their families. Small employees will be surprised how cost-effective this…

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Shielding employees back to work from 1st August

Return to work for shielding employees

Important change – your employees who are shielding can come back to work from 1 August 


Employers should contact their employees now to discuss their return.  

There are over 2 million shielding at the moment, but from Saturday 1 August, the guidance will be relaxed so clinically extremely vulnerable people will no longer be advised to shieldHowever, support will remain available from NHS volunteers and local councils. Services will be retained such as priority for supermarket delivery, access to help with shopping, medication, phone calls and transport to medical appointments. 

From 1 August, those who need to work and cannot do so from home will be able to return to work as long as their workplace is COVID secure, adhering to the guidance available. 

Guildford HR have a H&S partner that can give small employees guidance on how to support your team to come back to work safely. 

The government has worked closely with clinicians, GPs, charities, the voluntary sector and patient groups to consult on these changes.  They will continue to do so to provide support and advice to those they represent. 

The government will be writing to all individuals on the Shielded Patient List with updated information on shielding advice and the ongoing support available to them. 

The rates of the virus are now low enough to allow for advice to be carefully and safely eased. On average, less than 1 in 1,700 are estimated to have the virus. These number are down from 1 in 500 4 weeks ago. 

For anyone concerned about returning to work once the guidance has eased, it is recommended that they speak with their employer to understand their specific policies in relation to COVID-19.  

The NHS will maintain the Shielded Patient List to ensure they can continue to provide the best advice to those identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. Should the level of the disease in the community rise in the future, it may be necessary to advise that more restrictive measures should be taken, in order for those highest at risk to keep themselves safe. 

If you want to know more call us on 01483 362732 for a free 15- minute consultation with our team. 


23 June 2020