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Managing your workforce

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

ICAEW insights

The finance function post-COVID

The pandemic gave CFOs confidence in their ability to work in more geographically diverse and virtual ways, which will bring permanent and much-welcomed change to the finance function.

Making the most of flexibility

Successfully managing a hybrid working model can support your diversity and inclusion initiatives, help you attract more job candidates and enhance productivity and engagement, says Liz Sebag-Montefiore.

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Contracts, pay and pensions

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

Planning for hybrid working

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

CIPD guidance on how organisations can begin to prepare for a return to the workplace and a longer term move to hybrid working where part of the time is spent in the office and part working-from-home.

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.

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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