For Employers

Can I insist staff return to work?
Can I insist staff return to work?

You will know by now that the Governments official advice to employees about returning to work changed from the start of this month.

Previously, it had been the Governments position that everyone who could work from home should do so to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

But from August 1, Boris Johnson says that employers can have more discretion in the matter meaning that homeworking could continue, or workplaces could be made safe by following the Governments guidelines and staff could be allowed back.

This slow return to the workplace will inevitably bring with it some anxiety on the part of employees. How will they know their workplace is safe? What if they live with someone who is shielding? What if they have to use public transport to get to work?

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For Employees

Slavery not just a matter for the history books
Slavery not just a matter for the history books

The public conversation over Britains colonial past and our links to the slave trade has dominated headlines for much of the summer.

The removal or not of statues of people who had links to slavery, or profited from it, has been an ongoing theme in towns and cities across the country.

But the issue of slavery is not just a matter for historians or philosophical debate.

Modern day slavery is, unfortunately, all too common and continuing to exploit and destroy lives on a huge scale.

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