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An employment lawyer I work with, Amanda Pillinger, has just published an interesting update based on the latest announcements, which I thought business owners, self-employed, or employees alike might find useful. Amanda's post is below:
Having watch the PM speak in the House of Commons today, it is clear that the new rules will result in further difficulties for businesses. We are also seeing increasing cases of school children being instructed to self-isolate due to positive tests.
I thought it would be a good time to set out the current position relating to employee rights.
1. Employee tests positive
2. Employee develops symptoms
3. Someone in employee’s household develops symptoms
IF ALL people in household with symptoms have a negative test, the employee may return to work
4. Someone in the employee’s household tests positive
If employee develops symptoms, they should arrange a test.
5. Employee contacted by test and trace
6. Employee returns to the UK from abroad and is subject to compulsory 14 day quarantine
Please note that the 10 day period means 10 days from the development of symptoms. The 14 day period starts from the day that the first person in the household became unwell or, if contacted by Test and Trace, 14 days from the date of the last contact with the person who has tested positive.
Shielding has been paused so, other than in areas of local lockdown, there is no need for people to follow previous shielding advice.
Entitlement to Pay
Where it is not possible for employees to work from home, other than employees who are self-isolating on return to the UK from abroad, employees are entitled to SSP when they are self-isolating as they are doing so in accordance with the advice of Public Health England.
Employees who are self-isolating on return to the UK from abroad are not entitled to SSP (even if the rules change whist they are abroad). As such, if they are not able to work from home, they are not entitled to any pay during this period.
Requiring proof of self-isolationEmployers are permitted to require reasonable evidence of any requirement to self-isolate. Self-isolation certificates are available online and the validity of these can be checked. Results of tests are often sent by text message or email and it is reasonable for an employer to require employees to show this prior to their return to work.
It's an interesting time, obviously worrying for a lot of people, but I wonder if some of the changes we are seeing are here to stay.
With more people working at home, and big corporations looking at making at least a percentage of the workforce homeworkers moving forward, there is a worry that city centres and businesses dependant on lunchtime workers will suffer. But it also means more people are spending more time in their local area, spending money in local shops.
Could this be a lifeline to the local highstreet which has been in decline now since this interweb thingy was born. I think we will see a shift in businesses as companies react and adapt to different markets and requirements. With so many people home working, I can see opportunities that will encourage people out of their houses and be sociable (as much as we're allowed to be!) Maybe clubs, exercise, organised meetings hosted by local coffee houses, homeworkers pasty from Greggs, who knows.
My team are all remote working, it's actually worked out ok with twice weekly zoom calls to keep the team spirit up and have a good catchup and some all important banter. Since March I have an empty office just sat there and now I'm wondering if I actually need it, which I imagine many business owners are thinking similar thoughts.
“bahahaaaaa They are horrible sausages as well!!”
Not allowed to be called Pork sausages, doesn't bear thinking about
Shamelessly stolen from twitter...
Started with a Vic20 and progressed to the Commodore 64
Then you look at the functionality and power of the Smartphone in your pocket... where will be in the next 50 years? (well I know where I'll be lol)
I was going to read this but I just don't have the time...
Great book if you've not read it - Eat that frog
One thing that was pointed out to me in 20/20 hindsight, was that most people give up work to start a business, but in reality end up creating a job, but with little support or missing the departments they used to rely on, eg sales, marketing, HR, IT etc.
They then have the added pressure of having business related responsibilities, most of which will be unfamiliar, and on average work a lot more hours than they ever used to, for a lot less money (if they are lucky enough to pay themselves at all).
When you sit back and analyze it, you wonder why anyone would be mad enough to start their own business! Maybe a level of business naivety at the beginning is actually a good thing
Biggest mistake I made was not asking for help sooner and thinking I could do it all myself. Then employing people proved to be the wrong approach, which compounded the problem.
If I could visit my 2005 self, I'd say get a business coach and don't waste the next 10 years bouncing all over the place trying to stay afloat
SEO and content for content's sake, as arguments flow back and forth, I think it's an age thing.
The only videos I really watch are niche specific to an interest I have, eg seeing an aircraft take off from an aircraft carrier. But with so many robo voices and quite frankly boring or useless videos, if I want to learn how something is done, I tend to stick to a more trusted site and read a blog/article on the subject.
But I know youngsters now live in Youtube which I still find strange. I think well crafted and interesting content will always capture your interest, and a good example for me is Quora. Although full of noise, if you follow specific authors and select your subjects, it can be an amazing resource, showing text and imagery still have an important part to play.
An interesting halfway house is Facebook Groups. Again like Quora you choose what's interesting to you, and there are some superb and very well-curated groups among the sea of rubbish. But these tend to be a mix of discussions referencing articles or videos, so best of both worlds.
Even contributing on another platform, rather than writing your own blog post, if you are making a concise argument or point, having it well written and informative is going to be far more likely to encourage engagement and further interest into whatever your products or services you might be peddling.
I know I need to get more involved in video, but I think I will be dragged kicking and screaming
That's my visa to the USA blocked forever
Obviously these scam emails are as old as the hills and I can't believe a single person anywhere in the world still falls for them, so baffled why they even continue. But it's the first time I've had one addressed from Melania Trump
On a serious note, these scammers need to up their game, employ a decent proofreader and address their grammar. Plus make the scenario a little more realistic. Maybe I could become some kind of scamming coach/consultant?
In fact, send me £100 in tune vouchers and I'll give you loads of advice
First Lady United State Of America .