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Managing your workforce

Practical guidance for employers and businesses on safeguarding health and safety in the workplace and changes to holidays, pay and pensions during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

ICAEW insights

Government urges firms to take up free COVID tests

2 March 2021: Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has called on UK businesses to apply for the free COVID-19 tests available to large firms to test their workforce and break the chains of transmission.

UK employees ‘most reluctant’ to return to the office

2 March 2021: If employers thought Boris Johnson’s tentative roadmap for an easing of lockdown restrictions signalled a return to the office, they may have to think again, if the results of a new survey are anything to go by.

Tackling the effects of long COVID in the workplace

11 February 2021: Employers are increasingly having to assess employees diagnosed with ‘long COVID’ to determine if they are classed as disabled for employment law purposes and make reasonable adjustments to assist those suffering from the condition.

Improving the working lives of older workers

14 October 2020: ICAEW spoke to Claire Turner, Director of Evidence at the Centre for Ageing Better, about the struggles facing older workers and what action is needed to ensure financial livelihoods and fulfilling work.

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Holiday, pay and pensions

If you need to self-isolate or cannot attend work due to coronavirus

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Guidance for employers and workers on work absences due to COVID-19. It highlights the penalties for asking employees to work somewhere other than where they are self-isolating, when to tell employers if you must quarantine, Statutory Sick Pay, leave, dismissal, redundancy, reasonable adjustments, pregnancy and maternity, and returning to the workplace.

Holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus (COVID-19)

BEIS

Government guidance on how holiday entitlement and pay operate during the coronavirus pandemic, where it differs from the standard holiday entitlement and pay guidance. It covers taking holiday, holiday pay, carrying annual leave into future leave years, and furloughed agency workers.

Holiday and leave during coronavirus

ACAS

Guidance from Acas for employers on using paid holiday (‘statutory annual leave’) during the coronavirus pandemic, including requiring staff to take or cancel holiday and advice on carrying over holiday.

Health and safety in the workplace

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

GOV.UK

UK government guidance to help business owners carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to ensure the safety of staff, customers and visitors. There are separate guides for different types of businesses and workplaces with information on who can work, keeping customers and visitors safe, social distancing, cleaning, PPE, inbound and outbound goods, and priority actions to take.

Acas: Coronavirus and mental health at work

Acas

Guidance from Acas to help staff and employers manage their mental health at work during the coronavirus pandemic. It includes advice on working at home, support that should be offered by managers and employers, and information on an employer's duty of care.

Acas: Working from home during the coronavirus pandemic

Acas

Guidance from Acas highlighting both employer and employee responsibilities. It highlights how to decide on working from home arrangements, pay, terms and conditions, insurance, equipment and technology, and creating a homeworking policy (including a template policy).

Training

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

GOV.UK

Guidance from the Department for Education and Education and Skills Funding Agency for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of COVID-19. It covers apprenticeship training and assessment, delivering apprenticeships flexibly to those working at home, furloughed employees continuing apprenticeship training, breaks in learning, end-point assessment (EPA), and funding audits and evidence.

The Skills Toolkit

National Careers Service

The Skills Toolkit is a UK Government initiative focused on the digital skills employers need, offering people easy access to free, high quality online courses. The toolkit can also help employers support and develop furloughed employees.

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