The HR People Update July 2021
The HR People Update July 2021
A round up of people news and developments in July for your business.

Furlough News

From 1st of July, the level of grant will be reduced meaning employers will need to contribute more as they must continue to pay furloughed employees 80% of their wages, up to a cap of £2,500 per month for the time they spend on furlough. Here’s a guide to what it looks like in July.

Government contribution: wages for hours not worked

70% up to £2,187.50

Employer contribution: employer National Insurance contributions and pension contributions


Employer contribution wages for hours not worked
10% up to £312.50
For hours not worked employee receives
80% up to £2,500 per month


HSE will be carrying out spot checks in areas where transmission rates are increasing. For more information watch this quick video below.

Menopause @ Work

Top tips on how to support employees in the workplace and avoid discrimination:

  • Introduce a menopause policy or integrate the menopause to your existing policies and procedures for absence, flexible working, performance and disciplinaries.
  • Raise awareness and create a culture where everyone feels more comfortable talking about the menopause.
  • Reassess the working environment. Look at work allocation, breaks from workstation, available counselling, mindfulness resources, comfortable uniforms and workplace temperatures.

Pride Month!

What is your diversity and inclusion strategy?

Pride is more than 1 month, this month we have been supporting clients with their diversity and inclusion strategy and how to create a business that enables a diverse workforce without fear of prejudice. Contact your HR team to find out how you can become a more inclusive, diverse and welcoming employer!

Hybrid Working

Is it for you?

Hybrid working is happening everywhere, but is it right for you? It isn’t a new concept but has been turbocharged by the pandemic. We’ve put out top areas below.


  • Employees want it – will keep you attract and keep a diverse pool of talent. 
  • It makes employees happier – more productive, lest stressed and more control in their lives. 
  • Fewer people in the office – not only keeping it safe but potentially reducing your rent!

Issues to watch out for

  • Fairness – can you keep everyone happy with the arrangement? 
  • Inclusivity – can you make sure everyone’s voice is heard even if their not on site? 
  • Collaboration & Innovation – video calls aren’t the best for creativity and some tasks are better when in a room, rather than a screen.

Compulsory Vaccinations

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that people working in CQC-registered care homes will need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with both doses. What is the law on compulsory vaccinations? This is still up for debate and currently happening sector by sector, primarily starting with health. Speak to your HR team today to find our how this might affect your business.

Talk To Us #WeListen

Samaritans annual campaign are holding events to raise awareness that they are here to listen to anyone who’s struggling to cope, at any time of the day or night. Whether it’s a virtual chitchat, or a picnic in the park, Talk to Us is one of the ways they raise awareness that they are here – for anyone who needs someone to listen, 24/7, without judgement or pressure.

If you have any queries please contact your HR Team directly or call us on 0800 260 6766