HR information and resources
HR information and resources for DDPOs during the coronavirus crisis
We know this is a challenging time for DDPOs. Here we have put together some resources that we hope will support you with keeping your staff safe, well and working productively during the current crisis.
NEW: Considering a safe return to work, and improving systems for home working – resources from 28 July 2020 webinar
General advice on employment issues and Covid 19
Government information is updated regularly at this link. This includes furlough, sick pay and financial support to businesses.
Government advice on on safe working, including returning to the office, working in people’s homes, close contact work etc is provided here
ACAS have produced a range of guidance for employers. This includes guidance on
- Annual Leave and new entitlements to carry forward annual leave that employees can’t reasonably take during the pandemic
- Working safely and conducting risk assessments if staff need to return to the workplace
- Furlough and pay
- Supporting employees who are at risk or shielding
- Self isolation and pay (Also employees who need an isolation note can use an online service to get a self isolation note at https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/
- Fair use of grievance and disciplinary procedures during the pandemic
CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) have produced a range of guides and webinars. These include:
- Return to work guidance
- Back to work, post furlough health and wellbeing
- HMRC experts advise SMEs on the coronavirus statutory sick pay rebate and job retention schemes
- Flexible furlough-next steps
Croner (an HR company) have published a back to work guide for business owners which can be downloaded FREE and are offering a FREE advice call
NCVO have produced webinars on practical considerations for managing and supporting staff and legal and practical considerations for returning to work
St John’s Ambulance have produced a simple digital tool and guidance for planning return to work
Homeworking Policies and Practice guidelines:
- Sandy Adirondack’s legal updates numbers 2009 and 2010 (26/3/2020) include good practice guidelines and template policies for homeworking. Request the update from Sandy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- CIPD have specific guidance on homeworking: https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/fundamentals/relations/flexible-working/remote-working-top-tips
- Templates for Homeworking Policy https://policies2020.com/homeworking/
Legal HR Advice
- General Legal Advice Bulletins:
Sandy Adirondack (freelance consultant with specialism in legal aspects of voluntary sector governance and management) produces a regular email update of legal advice for voluntary sector organisations, including a recent string of advice on issues related to the Covid 19 situation. You can sign up by sending an email to email@example.com. Updates are free (Sandy asks for a small voluntary contribution).
- Employment Law Bulletins
The Employment Law Mailing List delivers email bulletins containing new legislation and important employment law cases as soon as they come out. It is free to join and all emails contain an ‘unsubscribe’ link. Typically two or three emails are sent out each week.
Wellbeing for staff
ACAS have a specific page dedicated to mental health resources and advice
Islington Council have issued a Wellbeing Guide for staff, which has also been circulated by Independent Living Alternatives.
Some DDPOs are using emergency funding to secure mental health first aid training for staff. A trainer recommended by DDPOs is Sue Craney. She understands the DDPO sector and used to manage a DDPO herself. Her contact details are firstname.lastname@example.org
Health and Safety (of staff and service users)
- The Health and Safety Executive have issued guidance on consulting employees about risk, risks to consider with home working and making your workplace “Covid secure”, protecting people at higher risk, and doing risk assessments during the crisis
- CIPD have developed a risk assessment example for Covid related risks which can be downloaded.