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Business Travel Show Europe poll: Covid continues to play havoc with planning, but budgets are healthier

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On the eve of the second anniversary of the UK going into a pandemic-induced lockdown, new research from Business Travel Show Europe has revealed that Covid is continuing to play havoc with business travel planning, but budgets are healthier than those predicted six months ago. The poll – answered by 139 travel buyers from around […]

Safest day to work in an office? Wednesday

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Workers looking for the lowest virus transmission risk day of the week to go into the workplace should go in on a Wednesday according to findings from an Air Quality Index launched by smart building platform Infogrid. The findings show that only a quarter of working days in 2022 have had a ‘low’ virus transmission risk, […]

A third of businesses plan to scrap self-isolation for workers

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New research suggests that many British employers won’t require staff who test positive for Covid-19 to self-isolate at home once any remaining legal restrictions are lifted. A poll of 250 business owners, CEOs and senior managers, by HR software provider CIPHR, found that less than half (48%) are planning to keep staff with Covid at […]

What employers need to know before cutting sick pay for unvaccinated staff

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Withholding contractual sick pay for unvaccinated staff has significant risks that employers should consider before enforcing the policy. That’s according to employee relations experts, AdviserPlus, after several employers including Ikea and Morrisons cut sick pay for unvaccinated employees after a rise in staff absences over the winter period. Analysis by the Trades Union Congress found that […]

Nearly 1 in 3 Brits want to return to the office this month for their mental health

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With the Omicron variant appearing to have peaked in the UK according to the ONS, research from Infogrid has revealed that nearly a third of working Brits (32%) want to return to their offices in January because they feel it would improve their mental health, which has been impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top […]

Can employers cut sick pay for unvaccinated staff?

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Companies including IKEA and Wessex Water are reportedly cutting sick pay for unvaccinated employees who are self-isolating; instead of receiving full pay, they will now only be eligible for SSP. Under current Government guidance, people in England who have received at least 2 doses of the Covid vaccine are not required to self-isolate, however, unvaccinated […]

Omicron self-certification extension a threat to businesses?

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By Latus Health… The younger, more contagious sister of coronavirus, Omicron has again left employers at its whim.  With the endless vacuum of booster vaccines, potential lockdowns, and Covid-19 regulations, employers are allowed to feel as though this is just a license to skive approved by No.10. The latest change sees employees staying at home sick […]

Events body responds to Government funding

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Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) has welcomed the recognition from government that there is and will continue to be a serious impact on companies beyond retail, leisure and hospitality stating that there will be a £100 million boost to the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) fund for local authorities in England. However, continued speculation surrounding Government restrictions […]

UK venues have already lost £117m of business due to Omicron

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New research from the mia (Meetings Industry Association) has revealed the extent of event cancellations and postponements as a result of the Omicron Covid-19 variant. In its latest survey of 222 organisations serving the events industry, including venues, hotels, suppliers and event agents, the association estimates that UK venues have already lost over £117m of […]

mia raises concerns over £1bn hospitality fund

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The Meetings Industry Association (mia) has highlighted concern in response to the recent announcement from the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Kerrin MacPhie, Chief Executive of the mia, said: “While today’s announcement of a £1bn fund for hospitality is a welcome start to recognising the current state of affairs, we cannot afford to look at this at face value. With cash […]