Temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes

A letter from the Director of Adult Social Care Delivery to local authorities, directors of adult social services, care home providers, care home managers and agencies outlines a temporary exemption certification process: Temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes Those working or volunteering in care homes who have … Continue reading Temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes

Millions of the UK’s most vulnerable are to be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine

Millions are to be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine from as the government confirms it has accepted the final advice from the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The programme will be rolled out to the same priority groups as previously. This means care home residents, health and social care workers, people aged … Continue reading Millions of the UK’s most vulnerable are to be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine

Mental health in the workplace

Small Business Minister Paul Scully has written an open letter to businesses about the resources available to help promote positive mental health in the workplace. Dear colleague, COVID-19 has affected all our lives and our livelihoods in profound ways over the last year. The nation has come together to keep ourselves and our loved ones … Continue reading Mental health in the workplace

New National Disability Strategy launched

More accessible housing, easier commuting and better job prospects are set to become reality for millions of disabled people in the UK through actions set out in the government’s National Disability Strategy. Disabled people set to benefit from plans to upgrade job support and opportunities, housing and transport as part of a new National Disability … Continue reading New National Disability Strategy launched

Self-isolation to be eased – Step 4

From 16th August 2021, double jabbed individuals and under 18s will no longer need to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 As part of step 4 of the COVID-19 roadmap, double vaccinated people will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close … Continue reading Self-isolation to be eased – Step 4

Care homes workers to be fully vaccinated to protect residents

People working in CQC-registered care homes will need to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated with both doses. Decision follows a public consultation with staff, providers, residents and familiesFurther consultation will be launched on whether to extend to other health and social care settings Care home residents will be better protected from death and serious illness, following … Continue reading Care homes workers to be fully vaccinated to protect residents

TUC – employers “massively under-reporting” Covid work-related deaths

The number of people who have died from exposure to Covid at work is being “massively under-reported” by employers, according to a TUC report published today Sunday 23rd May 2021. Employers claim just 2.5% of working-age Covid deaths are from exposure to Coronavirus at work System for reporting workplace deaths and infections is “letting bad bosses off … Continue reading TUC – employers “massively under-reporting” Covid work-related deaths

Supply chain due diligence to assure labour supply chains

HMRC have issued guidance (13th May 2021) to both and help warn business to be aware of risks within Labour supply chains. Why assure the labour supply chain Failing to take reasonable action to make sure that the supply of labour is legitimate can lead to significant legal, financial and reputational risks, liability for unpaid … Continue reading Supply chain due diligence to assure labour supply chains

New ‘We Offer Testing to our Staff’ scheme launched

New sticker scheme launched allowing UK businesses to display their offer of free testing for staff alongside materials promoting use of the NHS COVID-19 app to check in customers and visitorsAlongside the vaccine rollout and checking in with the NHS COVID-19 app, regular testing is at the heart of plans to reopen society and the … Continue reading New ‘We Offer Testing to our Staff’ scheme launched

Staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes consultation

Staff in care homes with older adult residents in England may be required to have a COVID-19 vaccine to protect residents from the virus. Consultation launched on making COVID vaccination a condition of work for people who are deployed in these homesCare home workers urged to take up offer of a vaccine now to keep … Continue reading Staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes consultation

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) – Step 2

How to make your workplace COVID-secure. Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) Applies to: England (see guidance for Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland) The 14 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, so may need to use more than one guide as they think through what they need … Continue reading Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) – Step 2

Further easing of Covid restrictions from 12th April 2021

Outdoor pubs, shops, gyms and hairdressers to reopen. From Monday 12th April 2021 additional premises will be able to reopen – with the rules on social contact applying. Indoor settings must only be visited alone or with household groups, with outdoor settings limited to either six people or two households. This includes non-essential retail; personal … Continue reading Further easing of Covid restrictions from 12th April 2021

Twice weekly rapid testing to be available to everyone in England

Everyone in England is able to access rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing from 9th April 2021. Everyone in England, including those without symptoms, will be able to take a free rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) test twice a weekAlongside vaccine rollout, regular testing is at the heart of plans to reopen society and the economy, helping to suppress … Continue reading Twice weekly rapid testing to be available to everyone in England

Working safely guidance has been updated to include changes to national restrictions.

Changes include: The visitor economy and Hotels and other guest accommodation guidance has been updated to include information on reasonable adjustments, changes to NHS Test and Trace regulations.Providers of grassroots sport and sport facilities guidance has been updated to include information on reasonable adjustments, changes to NHS Test and Trace regulations, as well as a new shorter format focussing on … Continue reading Working safely guidance has been updated to include changes to national restrictions.

England Covid restrictions change 29th March 2021

Some of the rules changed on 29th March 2021. However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have formed a support bubble with. You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. You … Continue reading England Covid restrictions change 29th March 2021

Extended opening hours to continue when non-essential retail returns

Longer opening hours in England will help people return to the high streets safely when non-essential shops re-open from 12th April 2021. Temporary measures to make socially distanced shopping easier to continueLonger opening hours for retail to give shoppers more flexibility and ease transport pressuresFlexible working hours for construction also to continue, helping industry continue … Continue reading Extended opening hours to continue when non-essential retail returns

Workplace testing programme expands to offer free rapid home testing

In the next major push for the Government’s workplace testing programme, all employers will now be able to offer their employees free, rapid and regular testing that can be taken at home Government makes rapid home testing available for all businesses with over 10 employees who cannot offer on-site testingBusinesses must register interest by 12th … Continue reading Workplace testing programme expands to offer free rapid home testing

Payroll Question Time: The Budget 2021 – Friday 5th March | 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Join the Payroll and HR community at the SD Worx monthly, online interactive discussion. With one of the most eagerly anticipated Budgets set to be published on 3rd March 2021, our regular expert panel will be discussing the choices and changes set out by Chancellor Rishi Sunak. We’ll be interpreting how they impact businesses in … Continue reading Payroll Question Time: The Budget 2021 – Friday 5th March | 2:00pm – 3:30pm

All households with children of school age to get 2 rapid COVID-19 tests per person per week

Whole families and households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, will be able to test themselves twice every week from home as schools return from 8th March 2021. Tests can be ordered and collected from local sites, or administered through workplace testing programmes. Getting a rapid test … Continue reading All households with children of school age to get 2 rapid COVID-19 tests per person per week

Shielding and work

The government are extending shielding guidance until the end of March 2021. So some workers and employees will receive a letter instructing them to shield. It also provides guidance and instruction In relation to work; Work You are strongly advised to work from home because the risk of exposure to the virus in your area … Continue reading Shielding and work

Boost to rapid workplace testing

New government drive to increase workplace testing in sectors open during lockdown, to detect coronavirus (COVID-19) in people who are not showing symptoms. New government drive to increase workplace testing in sectors open during lockdown, to detect coronavirus (COVID-19) in people who are not showing symptomsGovernment departments tasked with ensuring targeted, rapid testing is set … Continue reading Boost to rapid workplace testing

TUC – Covid occupational deaths expose “huge inequalities” in labour market and need for tougher safety rules

Men working in elementary occupations or caring, leisure and other service occupations had the highest rates of death involving COVID-19. Women working in Process, plant and machine operatives, and Caring, leisure and other service occupations had the highest rate of death involving COVID-19 compared with women of the same age in the general population Commenting … Continue reading TUC – Covid occupational deaths expose “huge inequalities” in labour market and need for tougher safety rules

More employers sign up to rapid testing to protect workforce

Dozens of public and private sector employers are now offering rapid testing to those without symptoms. Expansion of testing will find more positive cases, keeping key workers from unknowingly passing on the virus and protecting vital servicesOrganisations signed up to workplace testing already include Royal Mail, Tate & Lyle Sugars, Primula, Moy Park, Octopus Energy, … Continue reading More employers sign up to rapid testing to protect workforce

Businesses still open – is it COVID-secure, and what about those working from home?

For businesses still open under the current national lockdown, they must continue to ensure that premises are COVID-secure. The HSE is continuing to carry out spot checks and inspections across the country. And there are also obligations for those working from home. Making your workplace COVID-secure during the coronavirus pandemic Protect home workers PAYadvice.UK 8/1/2021

Advice for clinically extremely vulnerable in new Tier 4 areas – do not attend work

This group is advised to stay at home at all times, unless for exercise or medical appointments, and not to attend work, even if they are unable to work from home. Updated guidance is being issued for the clinically extremely vulnerable in areas placed into new Tier 4 restrictions from 20th DecemberThis group of the … Continue reading Advice for clinically extremely vulnerable in new Tier 4 areas – do not attend work

Employer reimbursed Coronavirus swab tests – Income tax exemption and National Insurance disregard

The Government is to introduce a temporary income tax exemption and National Insurance contributions (NICs) disregard, to ensure that employees who purchase their own Coronavirus swab tests, and are reimbursed by their employer, will not attract income tax and NICs liabilities in the current tax year. A Coronavirus swab test means a test which detects … Continue reading Employer reimbursed Coronavirus swab tests – Income tax exemption and National Insurance disregard

Exemption for employer-provided coronavirus antigen tests #COVID19

A new temporary exemption is being introduced to make sure that employees who are given a relevant coronavirus antigen test by their employer, will not be liable to an Income Tax benefit in kind (BiKs) charge. The exemption applies to any relevant coronavirus antigen test provided by an employer, on or after 8 December 2020, … Continue reading Exemption for employer-provided coronavirus antigen tests #COVID19

Importance of COVID-19-secure workplaces

A consensus statement on the best approach to reduce risk for workers, including those of ethnic minority groups, has been issued by PHE, HSE and FOM. Public Health England (PHE), Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) have issued a consensus statement on the best approach to reduce occupational risk for … Continue reading Importance of COVID-19-secure workplaces