For Employers

Can I insist my staff are vaccinated against Covid?
Can I insist my staff are vaccinated against Covid?

As the rollout of the vaccination continues and starts to include more of the general working population a key question is being asked by employers around the country.

Can I force my staff to get the jab?

The short answer is no. Any medical intervention generally requires the consent of the individual and if your employee doesnt want to have the jab that is their choice.

But the real-world situation is a lot more nuanced than that. Your staff may feel strongly that they do not want to work with anyone who has not been vaccinated and feel that you are putting them at risk if you dont insist that everyone has the jab.

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Why should I hire an apprentice?
Why should I hire an apprentice?

The pandemic is continuing to leave a huge mark across the nations business community.

Jobs have been lost, businesses mothballed, and spending slashed as worried workers rein in their expenditure amid the ongoing uncertainty of what might happen next.

So it might seem an odd time to be thinking about taking new staff on. But by using the apprenticeship scheme companies can not only give a valuable opportunity to new starters, but also do so in a cost-effective way.

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Why Domestic Abuse is a workplace issue
Why Domestic Abuse is a workplace issue

Should your company have a policy regarding domestic abuse?

You might think its an unnecessary question. Its domestic abuse, so it has nothing to do with work. Right?

But you couldnt be more wrong.

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics show that an estimated 1.3 million women in England and Wales experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2018.

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For Employees

Jab for Jobs  is it legal?
Jab for Jobs is it legal?

Its been the big debate of the last few month: Should jabs for jobs be compulsory.

On the one hand are the group who says nobody should be allowed back into the workplace until they have had their Covid vaccination.

That way, they argue, everyone will be safe and have peace of mind.

On the other side are those who claim making jabs compulsory for all workers is discriminatory, would be impossible to police and could pit staff member against staff member.

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Why an apprenticeship could be for you
Why an apprenticeship could be for you

We have a strange relationship with technical and vocational qualifications in this country.

Too often we look down our noses at the sort of schemes which produce the skills, training and knowledge we desperately need to make our economy work.

Take apprenticeships for example. How many parents are happy to see their child take up an apprenticeship if they also have the chance to go to university?

Yet there are considerable advantages to an apprenticeship which should make it an attractive option for any youngster.

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Help at hand for victims of domestic abuse
Help at hand for victims of domestic abuse

Lockdown has been a pretty gruelling affair for almost all of us.

The ever-present fear of the virus, long periods of isolation for many, disruption to schools and colleges and the need to adjust to new working practices or being on furlough has taken a toll across the nation.

But for the millions of people who have been and are the victims of domestic abuse, being locked down with their abuser is almost unimaginably awful.

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