HR in Focus | August 2021
HR in Focus | August 2021
A round up of people news and developments in August for your business.


The employer contributions for furlough will change in August. Please see below for key figures:

UK Government contribution: 60%, up to £1,875
Employer contribution: 20%, up to £625, National Insurance and pension contributions
Minimum amount furloughed employee receives: 80% of regular salary, up to £2,500

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Self-isolating employees

An employee will need to self isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and received a notification to self-isolate from NHS Test and Trace. Close contact includes the following:

1.   anyone who lives in the same household as another person who has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19
2.   anyone who has had any of the following types of contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19:

    • face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation within one metre
    • been within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact
    • been within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)

3.   A person may also be a close contact if they have travelled in the same vehicle or plane as a case.

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Critical workers

Since 19th July 2021, critical workers have been able to qualify to be exempt from self isolation. In order to be exempt the worker must:

  • Have a role where there would be a serious risk of harm to public welfare if they were unable to carry out their role in their workplace.
  • Be fully vaccinated
  • Test negative on a PCR test
  • Test negative on daily lateral flow tests.

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Office Olympics

To celebrate the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, why not take the opportunity to create some excellent online team building events and increase engagement in the workplace. Ideas for virtual events include:

  1. Typing race
  2. Olympic Trivia
  3. Name the anthem
  4. Race to complete most steps
  5. Word games

Don’t forget to have a medal ceremony at the end!

Return to work

It is great that we can now think about returning to the office but finding the right balance will require some thought. Ensuring team members feel safe and are in an environment that enables them to perform at their best is key to making this change a success. Please get in touch with us if you would like advice on how to approach this, we are more than happy to help.

If you have any queries please DM us or call: 01904 909655