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With Furlough extended to March 2021, what does the second lockdown mean for employers? The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has now been extended by the Chancellor of the Exchequer until end of March 2021. He announced the furlough scheme will operate in line with the previous one. It will provide 80% of wages up…Read More
Today we’re signposting. We’re signposting you to Financial Business support in September 2020. We’re looking at the Job Support Scheme and Winter Economy Plan announced last week, support for home workers, and reminding you about the North East funding for business. We thought you may be sick of hearing from us, so this week we’re…Read More
As we hit the next wave of the pandemic, how can we help during COVID? How can we avoid the despair pictured here? We know there is a lot of fear and desperation out there as our clients are telling us. Working with clients we’re seeing anger, frustration, anxiety, depression, all manifesting out of fear.…Read More
Did you think back in January 2020 that today we would all be walking around the supermarket wearing Masks? We certainly didn’t! We don’t think anyone could have predicted what Corona Virus meant to the UK and world at large! What it has brought is new thinking, greater employee demands, new ways of working and…Read More
Our Plea: Employers, don’t let Corona Virus become the new ME! Prior to Walker v Northumberland County Council  IRLR 35, managers were often sceptical about sickness absence attributed to a “bad back”. After the Walker case “Stress” became the new bad back, then we had “yuppie flu” which of course was ME or Chronic…Read More
Over the last few weeks and months we’ve created – and collated – a number of articles relating to coronavirus, employees, and employer responsibilities. This article serves to “round” them up and have them all in one place for easy access. As always they are not meant to offer bespoke advice, nor can we guarantee…Read More
How are you planning for your staff returning to work after lockdown? After the Governments announcement on 10 May 2020 and further clarification on 11 May many company bosses will be looking to see how they can support their staff returning to work after lockdown. Whether staff have been working from home, laid-off or…Read More
“Kindness Matters” was the theme for 2020 Mental Health Awareness week. So what do we think of when we hear kindness? Considerate? Courteous? Generous? Thoughtful? Empathy? Sympathy? Supportive? We all have our own definition of kindness, and I think we’d all agree, kindness matters. At Launchpad Associates, we are specialists in organisation behaviour and development,…Read More