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Request Home working from day one – setting the record straight

21/09/2021 - 17:09

There have been numerous reports in the media in the last few days and weeks about changing the law to enable employees to request work from home from day one. Whilst this is partially true, there have been some false reports that have been misleading.  Below we have set out the facts relating...

Autumn and winter COVID-19 planning advice for business

15/09/2021 - 16:09

As we move into the Autumn and Winter seasons, our business response to Covid-19 will need to adapt as the Government's advice changes to combat the predicted increase in cases and in an effort to reduce the strain on the NHS. Yesterday, 14th September, our PM announced the Government's plan....

Government update to self-isolation guidance

18/08/2021 - 16:08

As we enter STEP 4 of the Government's plan to ease lockdown, Social distancing guidance will no longer apply. This means that you do not need to implement social distancing in your business, workplace or venue, and customers and workers do not need to keep apart from people they don’t...

The First furlough tribunal

10/08/2021 - 02:08

The first furlough tribunal (the Job Retention Scheme) has been heard and it has an interesting outcome to it. The case of Mhindurwa v Lovingangels Care assesses the placement of an employee on furlough against the need to make an employee redundant. The outcome of the case is that an employer has...

Latest Employment Law Updates for Employers

10/08/2021 - 01:08

Our Park City team has drafted up a summary of the latest Employment law updates that you will need to be aware of as an employer.  Employment law is constantly changing. We keep on top of the changes so you don't have to. Below you'll find a quick round-up of legislation.  01...

Freedom Day 19th July: Common actions your business should take

19/07/2021 - 16:07

Freedom Day 19th July has arrived and there are common actions you should implement or continue to implement as a business owner. The message is a subtle change in emphasis, you should consider rather than you you must. However, your Risk Assessments are critical, determining how you meet your duty of...

Covid-19 Restrictions Ease, what does it mean for my Business?

15/07/2021 - 12:07

July 19th and the end of covid restrictions is quickly approaching.  Since March 2020 our team of HR and H&S professionals have been interpreting and decoding the Governments guidance and laws relating to Covid-19.  We've been providing the advice and support to not only ensure compliance...

Right to Work checks for EU Nationals

30/06/2021 - 12:06

Today is 30th June 2021 an important date for employers regarding their obligation surrounding Right to Work checks for EU Nationals. As you will be aware, the UK officially left the European Union at 11:00 pm on 31 December 2020, as a result, all EU nationals that were living or...

Hybrid Working - HR consultant guide

21/06/2021 - 13:06

Hybrid working has gained much traction throughout the pandemic, with more and more organisations looking at using hybrid working as their working way of choice.   But what is hybrid working? Hybrid working is working not only in the workplace, but also remotely, such as at home. Using...

Returning to the Workplace

17/06/2021 - 16:06

Throughout the Pandemic, one message to businesses has been to work from home where you are able to do so, which has resulted in many organisations hanging the way they work in order to facilitate online working. This message or guidance may continue for a little longer and there are discussions within...

How effective HR can help you to overcome your employee’s reluctance in their return to the office

17/06/2021 - 15:06

Returning to the office has already become a reality for many businesses and is likely to be widespread over the next couple of months. After a year of lockdowns and remote working this is a big change for many workforces. Whether all your employees are going to return to the office full time - or you’re...

How to manage annual leave backlog from expert HR consultants

07/06/2021 - 11:06

One of the many complications that the conditions of the pandemic have created for employers is the question of managing annual leave as the world opens up again. While summer 2021 looks like it’s going to be all about the UK for holidays, optimistic Brits are already booking up getaways abroad...

How your office design affects health and safety services in the workplace

28/05/2021 - 16:05

Health and safety has acquired new prominence over the past year as COVID-19 has forced a rethink of the workplace and put much more emphasis on employee wellness. The reality is that employees that are well looked after tend also to be more productive and engaged and the way their office space is designed...

Management Skills Training Outsourced vs In-House

28/05/2021 - 10:05

Employee training is a key part of creating an engaged and healthy workforce. It gives staff more confidence and helps to retain focus and motivation. Training also makes people feel valued by an employer and will improve the experience that customers and clients have with your business. So, it’s...

9 things you need to know about employment law from the specialists

20/05/2021 - 16:05

If you’re a UK employer then the way you run your business is governed by English employment law. Everything, from the way that you hire to dismissing people involves considering legislation to ensure that you’re acting in a compliant way. Staying on top of employment law can help to ensure...

How to manage stress levels in the workplace

20/05/2021 - 15:05

As the UK returns to some semblance of normality we face a new set of challenges in our workplaces. Stress is one of these, with adjustment to new surroundings, ongoing health anxiety and business uncertainty all having a part to play. According to the Mental Health Foundation, 74% of UK adults have...

3 ways Health & safety solutions in the workplace will adapt post-pandemic

06/05/2021 - 10:05

There is a general consensus that plenty is going to change post-pandemic. After the year we’ve had, personally and professionally, how it could not? Change is going to be especially obvious - and is already being felt - in the workplace where it’s not just the impact of COVID-19 itself...

Furlough Scheme News

04/05/2021 - 11:05

There have been many government updates in the last two weeks, in the main they have been slight amendments to take account of easement of lockdown, today there is one update that we want to make you aware of particularly if your business currently is or intends to benefit from the Job retention scheme...

Would Your Small Business Benefit from Outsourced Health & Safety

23/04/2021 - 14:04

Health & Safety is an essential component in responsible business for many organisations today. However, it’s also something that can easily slip. It’s not only dangerous for those working within the business when health & safety isn’t up to date but can also do a lot of...

How changing your company culture can help improve your brand in the hospitality industry

23/04/2021 - 13:04

COVID-19 has had a huge impact, not just financially or in business terms, but on collective mental health and wellness too. Lockdowns and health risks are just two of the factors that have caused people to feel increasingly negative and depressed about the future. In the hospitality industry, which...

Government Guidance as Phase 2 of the Road Map is Implemented

30/03/2021 - 10:03

Yesterday March 29th, Phase 2 of Step I of the road map has been implemented, along with this there is a plethora of Government updates issued yesterday and in the coming days also. Our team will continue to review these and only advise those business related updates that our team concludes...

Outsourcing HR companies Vs In-House HR departments

26/03/2021 - 14:03

Every business has HR needs, from handling employee interests during operational growth to legal compliance and establishing internal policies. However, not every organisation needs to establish an HR team in-house. The human resources needs of a business could be met just as well by outsourcing this...

When is the right time for a small business to get HR outsourcing companies?

19/03/2021 - 10:03

HR is a vital component in any business. If you have ambitions for growth for your small business then ensuring that you have all the HR bases covered is going to be essential. This can be manageable for many enterprises up to a point but with the increasing complexity of legislation and challenges that...

What The Budget 2021 means for UK Businesses

04/03/2021 - 10:03

Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his Budget yesterday, 03 March 2021. The announcements all pointed to prioritising restoring the economy, supporting both jobs and businesses. There are key considerations for business leaders, particularly those who are benefiting from using  “furlough”...

Government Road Map out of Lockdown.

23/02/2021 - 10:02

Park City’s team of HR and H&S professionals are advising and supporting clients to ensure their journey out of lockdown is as quick and safe as possible for the benefit of their Employees, Customers, Contractors and Visitors. Never alone with Park City and stronger together. ...

Seven Steps to drafting a Best Practice Vaccination Policy

19/02/2021 - 16:02

Yes, your company must have a vaccination policy. That’s why we are sharing 7 steps to drafting a best practice vaccination policy.   Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, there has been a lot of information provided from various sources. Some of the information is excellent, whereas...

Are you mixing more than tea in the tea room?

19/02/2021 - 15:02

Right now when everyone is craving connection and social interaction, the tea room can be the place where Covid-spreads. If you have workers in the workplace, make sure they aren’t mixing more than tea in the tea room. Make sure your workplace is covid-secure.  Data showed there were...

Vaccinations and Employees Update

10/02/2021 - 11:02

As we are all aware the Governments road map out of restrictions and back to our new normal which relies heavily on the Vaccination programme. We all have to accept for now, that there is no Post Covid world, as it’s here to stay now just as the flu. The UK’s response to the development...

Testing for businesses with 50 or more staff. Advice and Guidance Links

08/02/2021 - 15:02

Here is Park City’s latest update and advice for Testing for COVID-19 at Work when you have 50 employees and above. Government boost to rapid workplace testing New government drive to increase workplace testing in sectors open during lockdown, to detect coronavirus (COVID-19) in people...

South African Variant COVID-19 Alert

02/02/2021 - 10:02

The government has announced the roll out of additional surge testing and sequencing in a number of locations where the South African Variant of COVID-19 has been found. Testing should, in combination with following the national lockdown rules the mantra of ‘Hands. Face. Space’ help to identify,...

Data shows that offices responsible for covid outbreaks

29/01/2021 - 15:01

Data shows that outbreaks in England's offices in lockdown are major contributor to spread of Covid. We are pleased to confirm that the majority of our clients have followed our advice and support and have implemented Government advice to ensure their businesses premises and activities are COVID...

Covid Asymptomatic Testing in the Workplace

11/01/2021 - 15:01

  Over the weekend the Government confirmed their rollout of Local Asymptomatic Testing programmes for staff who are still at work, by that they mean staff working at your business premise.   Remember the advice in Lockdown 3 is more stringent compared to Lockdown 2, employers must do...

Employer guidance on who is and who is not required to be shielding during Lockdown 3.0

11/01/2021 - 14:01

After a briefing session with our Health and Safety team and in response to an increasing number of calls from our clients to ask about the issue of “shielding workers” we have drafted this guidance. Of course if you need additional advice, please contact us and we will support your immediate...

Brexit Considerations for HR & H&S

11/01/2021 - 13:01

With the increase in Covid cases, the potential for more restrictions on top of lockdown 3 and the vaccine roll out it would be easy to forget the fact that we have left the EU, with a deal.   Although with a deal, there are implications for HR and H&S in the longer term. On the short...

What Lockdown 3 means for Business Owners

05/01/2021 - 21:01

As we entered 2021, people were looking forward to a better year and less talk of Covid-19. Sadly at 8pm on the 4 th of January, we were all brought back down to earth with a bump, as the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson broke the news of lockdown 3.0 following the other devolved nations, effectively taking...

National Lockdown 3

05/01/2021 - 12:01

Happy New year, we hope you, your family and all your staff enjoyed the all but brief break from work over the Christmas period, we move into 2021 with a glimmer of light in the form of the vaccine and yet more challenges to manage through lockdown 3. Here are the immediate guidance and actions...

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