The top HR stories you may have missed this week

Listed below are the biggest stories you may have missed this week.

Tenth of HR leaders still do not have a COVID-19 policy

Over half of HR leaders now have implemented a policy addressing a pandemic disease in relation to COVID-19, but still over a tenth have no plans to do so.

Lewis Silkin, a law firm has found that 59 per cent of HR leaders have confirmed they have implemented a plan to address pandemic diseases such as COVID-19 whereas 11 per cent have no plans to implement such a policy.

How an employee can keep physically fit during remote working

Due to the spread of Covid-19, remote working is on the rise as it is seen as a way to stop the virus spreading. However, this can prove to be a new challenge for some employees and so advice has been given as to how someone can maintain their fitness and a healthy lifestyle during this time.

Feel Good Contacts, a contact lens retailer has offered eight ways in which an employee can uphold their physical health whilst working at home instead of losing motivation and getting distracted.

IR35 to be delayed to 2021 due to COVID-19

The extension of IR35 to the private sector has been delayed by a year, due to the uncertainty COVID-19 has brought with it.

Stephen Barclay, chief treasury secretary announced this on 17/03/20 in the House of Commons that the legislation is to be pushed back from 6th April 2020 to 6th April 2021.

Schools shutting down will be ‘hard for working parents’

From 20/03/20 all schools in the UK will be shut down to prevent the spread of COVID-19 which will prove to be “hard for working parents”.

Gavin Williamson, education secretary announced on 18/03/20 in parliament that all schools, private schools, further education colleges, sixth-form colleges and early-years care providers should close down.

As screen time increases, what’s the best font for our eyes?

As working from home increases due to COVID-19, and face to face meetings are decreasing, more and more of employees’ time is now spent in front of a computer screen. In light of this and March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, research has identified the fonts that could be putting the eye health of on-screen workers at risk.

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Darius is the editor of HRreview. He has previously worked as a finance reporter for the Daily Express. He studied his journalism masters at Press Association Training and graduated from the University of York with a degree in History.