Employers seek advice about People Management & Coronavirus:
A building and construction company on the North Norfolk coast contacted us recently explaining that four of their employees had “self-isolated” with Coronavirus symptoms. Recent changes to government advice meant that employees are now required to stay off work for 14 days. Those who are advised to self-isolate due to the coronavirus outbreak are entitled to be paid SSP from day one - not day four - of their illness, although the current rate is only £94.25 per week. The government have also said they will bring forward legislation to allow small and medium sized businesses to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19.
Another one of our local clients is considering lay-offs and short-time working. Employers can lay off employees - that is ask them to stay at home or take unpaid leave - when they temporarily cannot give them paid work - as long as the employment contract allows this.In our client’s case no contract right existed and so we have drafted a letter seeking employees’ agreement to this [which we are happy to share with Lynn News readers]. Short-time working, is when an employee works reduced hours, or is paid less than half a week’s pay. Laying off staff, or short-time working, can help avoid redundancies - but employers have to agree this with staff first.
Employees are entitled to “Statutory guarantee payments” if employers do not provide them with a full day’s work during the time they’d normally be required to work. The maximum payment is £25 a day for 5 days in any 3 months (i.e. £125). Employees can claim a redundancy payment if the lay-off or short-time working runs for 4 or more weeks in a row, or 6 or more weeks in a 13-week period, where no more than 3 are in a row. If employers do not give “statutory guarantee payments” to someone who’s entitled to it, they may be faced an employment tribunal claim.
The government have set up a Business Support Line: tel. 0300 456 3565 alternatively, please contact Human Capital Department for Personnel Management updates and advice on Tel. 01553 401781 or our website: www.humancapitaldept.com.