Why Should Your Company Outsource HR?

At Wurkplace, we offer an extensive range of bespoke outsourced HR services to help support whether your in-house team needs additional support, or you need the full HR package! We personalise our HR services to your companies needs, we do all the nitty-gritty paperwork to put the system in place and then provide the guidance you may need further down the line.

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The Pros and Cons of Working from Home Permanently

COVID-19 initially created havoc across the world, and it left many employers scrambling. When the pandemic took hold in March, they were forced to clear offices, and shops. Workers were sent home, with what seemed like a temporary measure. However, could there have been a change for the better as a result of this?

However, it has proved to be more permanent than many believed. The pandemic has calmed, but not gone away. There has been a huge change in employment throughout the world. Productivity has not taken a big hit, as had been predicted by many.

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Employment Law for Agency Workers

An agency worker is someone with a special working arrangement. An agency worker has a contract with an employment agency. A ‘hiring organisation’ asks the employment agency to supply them with someone for a temporary assignment.

It is a common misconception that agency workers cannot accrue rights against the employer. This is not the case.

Agency workers can accrue rights against the employer. However, specific requirements need to be met.

The main issue is whether temporary agency workers are classed as employees. The employment status of agency workers is crucial for determining whether an employee accrues protected rights. Those who are working under a contract of employment (employees) and who can demonstrate this have the right to claim against the employer, which may include: unfair dismissal, maternity leave and statutory redundancy payments.

The key to deciding whether agency workers are employees is whether an implied contract has arisen between the worker and the end-user, which would give the agency worker employee status.

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Ways to Cut Staff Costs Without Redundancies

These are difficult and uncertain times. With recent news that we are formally in a recession people’s economic situations are in jeopardy with the impact on people’s health, wealth and wellbeing a huge concern.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development estimates that a quarter of UK employers are expected to make some redundancies due to the pandemic (survey conducted by People Management and the CIPD April 2020) and this is likely to be higher as the months have passed.

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How Should Employers Handle Staff Quarantine?

On Saturday 25th July 2020, the Government announced that anyone arriving from Spain from 26th July (the next day) onwards would have to undergo a 14 day quarantine period following their arrival.

As you can imagine, many people were not happy with this announcement, as this would make a return to work not possible unless they can work from home. One of the major talking points is that these workers will not be eligible for SSP (Statutory Sick Pay).

With this latest announcement, employers will now have to put in place procedures for dealing with any employees returning to the UK from abroad.

While COVID-19 seems to be the only topic at hand currently, this information is absolutely essential for employers.

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What is IOSH Training?

IOSH stands for the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

IOSH has over 46000 members in over 120 companies. The organisation is UK based with members around the World.

IOSH is a not-for-profit organisation. IOSH is also the Chartered body for health and safety professionals; aiming to raise standards and regulate the profession. They work to set expectations, establish standardised rules and regulations, and promote good practice through a variety of IOSH training courses.

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What Are The Benefits of HR Services for Startups?

There are several reasons why having a HR service, to support and start up businesses, or growing/restructured business, based on the key important functions that all businesses should have in place:

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10 Top Tips For Manual Handling

Manual handling poses a real hazard to staff when at work. Incorrect and unsafe lifting can cause serious injuries. In 2019, the HSE recorded that approximately 120,000 people sustained a manual handling injury. There are ways to limit and reduce the risk of a manual handling injury occurring.

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Tips for Getting Furloughed Employees Back to Speed

After months of working from home, many of us are now beginning to return to our places of work. Some people have been furloughed during this time, and therefore may not have been working. Getting staff back to speed brings a host of challenges for managers and owners.

Many companies are beginning to see a divide between those who were furloughed, and those that continued to work from home. Those that were furloughed often don’t understand just how difficult it was for those who had continued to work. This has garnered some feelings of resentment towards returning workers who want to take holiday days in the summer.

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How Will COVID-19 Change The Workplace?

2020 has been a challenging and tough year for many, with the biggest issue being the spread of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

This virus spread all over the world in the early parts of the year and caused a global pandemic – forcing most of us into lockdown.

Thanks to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, many employers were able to place staff on “furlough leave”, allowing them to stay at home and receive 80% of their usual wages from the Government in an effort to keep UK businesses afloat.

As of August 2020, we have already seen quite a few companies returning to the office, but many are still waiting it out at home. Looking to the future, COVID-19 is going to affect the way we work for a long time.

While we cannot tell for sure, here is our take on how we think the workplace is going to change post COVID-19.

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