Returning to Work After Lockdown – What HR and Employers Need to Know Now

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Welcome back to Watson Martin HR Learning Bites. The government is cautiously easing lockdown restrictions. Changes have been announced to the Job Retention Scheme as people around the country are being encouraged to return to the workplace.

But, in many ways coming out of lockdown presents many more questions for HR and employers than going in. How should businesses take care of their employees? What is the new normal for working safely? Will paying a greater share of the wages bill lead to more redundancies? One thing is clear. There will be a whole raft of issues for businesses to deal with in the coming months.

In this special one hour HR Learning Bites webinar and supporting Q&A, employment law expert Dr Amanda Harris provides her views to answer some of your concerns.

About the Webinar

The government has started easing lockdown restrictions. People who cannot work from home are being encouraged to return to the workplace.

  • But how should employers take care of their people in these unprecedented conditions?
  • What is the new ‘normal’ for working safely?
  • And, what happens if your employees don’t want to return to the workplace because of fears of contracting the virus?

As well as keeping abreast of the latest government guidance, HR professionals need to plan for the future when restrictions lift and the furlough scheme ends. To say they have a lot on their plate is an understatement!

This special one hour webinar features employment law Dr Amanda Harris for the fourth in our free series of HR Learning Bites events discussing the challenges facing HR professionals and business leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join employment law specialist Dr Amanda Harris and learn how to handle the most pressing issues facing HR professionals and business leaders as employees return to work.

Topics under discussion include:

  • Health & safety and managing risk
  • Annual leave for furloughed employees and those returning to work
  • Furloughed employees who are reluctant to return to work
  • Managing multiple requests for flexible working
  • Contractual changes to ensure social distancing requirements are met
  • Managing redundancies.

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About Our Experts

Dr P Amanda Harris FCIPD CPsychol has more than 20 years’ experience working as Head of HR/HR Director, both in the UK and internationally and in the public and private sectors, gaining extensive knowledge in employment law.  She has a track record of developing and managing the implementation of innovative business and HR strategies and a proven ability to develop people at all levels of the organisation.

Amanda has presented several papers at professional conferences and sat on the governing body of the British Psychological Society for three years as Chair of the Continuing Professional Development Committee.  Recently she has worked as a principle occupational psychologist with a particular interest in adult and organisational development.

A consultant with Watson Martin, Amanda supports candidates throughout their CIPD qualifications as well as delivering workshops and webinars. She has taught employment law for the last 14 years.

The webinar will be hosted by L&D expert Joseph Grech, a career coach and training consultant with Watson Martin.  Joseph specialises in Learning and Development and leads many of our L&D CIPD qualification programmes.  He also has widespread experience working with senior management to execute and evaluate L&D strategies.