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Human Capital Department in King's Lynn is inundated with inquiries from clients following coronavirus outbreak

Over the last few weeks we have been inundated with inquiries from our retained clients, and the wider business community, who are naturally concerned about the coronavirus and the HR response.

The government schemes – such as the Job Retention Scheme – have been generally welcomed, and it has been noticeable that local employers, and especially the small business community, have been sensitive to employee concerns and their health, safety and wellbeing.

Business leaders have had a lot of questions about the government schemes, particularly about the furlough scheme, and HR response, and most of our clients have now temporarily closed as a result of the pandemic.

Peter Lawrence of Human Capital Department (28238838)
Peter Lawrence of Human Capital Department (28238838)

We all hope for a quick end to the crisis, and it is possible that a number of factors, including increased testing, and spring weather, may enable the authorities to ease restrictions, and for people to get back to normal routines and to get back to work.

Inevitably though, as we move out of the crisis, companies will be facing difficult decisions, and maybe forced to make redundancies to avoid business closure. A recent article in the national press suggested that a million jobs could go across the country within months.

We can help by providing redundancy support and advice to ensure that firms comply with the ACAS guidelines, including by drawing up a redundancy plan. Importantly this includes consulting with employees on the process.

Some business advisors seem unaware of the importance of this consultation stage, and are putting employers at risk of Employment Tribunal claims by providing inaccurate or incomplete advice. For advice relating to people and employment matters, seek the advice of an HR professional.

For free information and advice please check our webpage: www.humancapitaldept.com/services/covid19-support, call 01553 401781 or 07469 744363.

Peter Lawrence is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development [CIPD] and managing director of Human Capital Department.

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