Last updated: 19th November 2020
We’re halfway through England’s second national lockdown and so many events have occurred: the furlough scheme was extended, COVID-19 vaccines have progressed, there was an intense election across the pond, talks of an Eat Out to Help Out 2.0 scheme sprung up, and there’s still a looming Brexit deadline as well. As uncertainties continue, employers and HR teams must stay up to date with the latest Government advice and guidelines, being vigilant about the safety and wellbeing of their staff and businesses.
Here are six useful online resources we’ve found to help HR continue to support their staff.
Gov.uk coronavirus page
The Government hub offers links to guidance for employers to ensure they are taking necessary safety measures. While the current lockdown is similar to the first one in March, there are some key differences in that workplaces (only select ones – employers should consult the website to determine what applies to them), schools and universities can remain open. And with the current three-tiered COVID alert system in review (in preparation for when lockdown ends), the website will show which level would apply in your area and what you and your workers would need to do in response.
Regularly checking in on the Government website helps you keep abreast of the latest updates to then help your organisation stay compliant, as well as any government-backed financial support you may be eligible for.
The CIPD’s ‘Responding to the coronavirus’ hub
Find the latest COVID-19 news and advice from renowned HR and people development leader, the CIPD. They provide numerous guides on supporting employees through COVID-19 related issues, including handling redundancies and staff wellbeing.
With the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended until the end of March 2021, the CIPD has updated their furlough guide to address the key questions around the scheme.
The guide breaks down:
- in-depth information on what the scheme involves
- the latest requirements
- which employers and employees are eligible, and
- the furlough scheme timeline.
ACAS’ coronavirus hub
Acas continues to provide advice for both employers and employees on what to do and how to stay compliant when tackling complex employment issues. The hub’s sections include advice on:
- working safely
- furlough and pay
- holiday and leave
- and more.
Acas also has a video series on looking after mental health during COVID-19, along with practical tips for employers, managers and employees.
Mind’s coronavirus information hub
Mental health charity, Mind, has compiled numerous resources for tackling mental health issues caused by COVID-19-related challenges.
The charity provides guidance on looking after your wellbeing, handling anxiety and loneliness, and more. With practical tips for the workplace on maintaining mental flexibility, preventing burnout, supporting lines of communication and establishing Wellness Action Plans, plus many other supportive tools, Mind’s content can help you and your team build mental resilience, and better support your wider workforce.
Trades Union Congress’ research and analysis page
The TUC’s research provides great insights into workplace issues and workers’ concerns. If you’re an employer in an industry where a union is recognised, habitually checking in on this website will provide an additional perspective on issues you might need to take into consideration when implementing new strategies in your workplace.
Health and Safety Executive’s ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): working safely’ page
While non-essential shops are closed during the lockdown, there are still many workplaces that must remain open. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides an overview of what employers should be doing to ensure their workplace is COVID-19-secure.
You will find the latest guidance and advice on:
- PPE in both healthcare and non-healthcare work
- COVID-19 spot checks and inspections
- Cleaning and hygiene
- Carrying out COVID-19 risk assessments
- And more!