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Euro Projects Recruitment Business Leaders Zoom Call 18th May Summary

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Stephen Brown

Euro Projects Recruitment Business Leaders Zoom Call

For Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology, Transportation & Logistics Professionals

Summary of Key Points: 18th May 2020

 

  1. Furlough Update
  • Following UK Government announcement to extend furloughing until end of July businesses considering entering into redundancy consultations are recommended to time their process with this end date. Unsure how tribunals will view earlier termination if you are making redundancies when there is an alternative, this could raise a question as to why not utilising job retention scheme. If you are already in the process, then you should seriously consider extending the consultation process.
  • Partial furloughing is confirmed to commence on 1st August until 30th September. No fine details yet but it is anticipated that Government will continue supporting employers up to 60% of their wages, with the employer adding a further contribution from 20%.
  • Partial furloughing details expected at the end of May.
  • Guidance on asking employees to take holiday whilst furloughed suggests they need to be ‘relaxing’. If not they would be able to defer it. A new hotly debated topic yet to be tested. Some pressure from unions not fulfilling the requirement to relax and recuperate.
  • There are currently 1 million businesses furloughing employees, with 7.5million people on furlough as part of the Government Job Retention Scheme.
  • Guidance notes on holiday entitlement and furlough from Irwin Mitchell can be found at:

https://imbusiness.passle.net/post/102g7ci/government-explains-how-holiday-entitlement-and-pay-operates-during-covid-19

  1. Returning to Work:
  • A Euro Projects Recruitment poll on LinkedIn indicates 70% of businesses hope to bring employees back to the work place as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Many businesses are now asking about liabilities. Employers need to be fulfilling obligations. Important point plan carefully.
  • Guidance Notes on returning to work from Irwin Mitchell can be found at:
  • If employees are not able to work from home and the business is operational you need to provide a safe working environment for them to return to, follow the guidance on undertaking risk assessments to reduce and control risks to employees as much as possible. A completely risk free environment is probably unachievable so control and reduction of risks as much as possible is key.
  • Employ a ‘door to door’ philosophy when thinking about employee safety.
  • If the workforce is unionised engage and consult with the unions and their representatives on what you are doing.

 

  1. HORIBA MIRA: How a multi-use and multi-user site has accomplished a return to work:
  • They have employed a ‘Triple S System: Standardisation; Suppress; Safeguarding.
  • Issuing of personal thermometers for employees to take their temperature before coming into work.
  • Use of protective screens around the site (test facilities; offices; shared areas); Signage and videos to inform staff on how to safeguard themselves and colleagues.
  • Big emphasis on communicating with people and asking for feedback to optimise their safe working practices.
  • The Exec team has engaged in open forums to positively encourage and listen to feedback. 
  • Empower people to ‘call out’ where issues arise or things could be done better.
  • Some areas of the business have seen an improvement on their normal working practices and are likely to continue forward with them.  
  • Above all there is a need to self-govern and promote the basic good practice of social distancing and hand washing.
  • Regular Zoom Call attendee Sandra Wiggins’ business; DPI has pivoted into manufacturing protective screens, with the added ability to include safety messages and corporate branding, these screens can also become repurposed for marketing at a later date, contact Sandra Wiggins at: https://dpi-uk.com/, Tel: 01332 228150.

 

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