Webinar: Managing your Workforce during a crisis, and an Overview of Trustees’ Duties

Webinar: Managing your Workforce during a crisis, and an Overview of Trustees’ Duties

Darwin Gray and WCVA are working in partnership to deliver a series of webinars aimed at helping the Charitable Sector in Wales through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

Fflur Jones, Partner at Darwin Gray, and Rachel Ford-Evans, Associate, will guide you through the concerns and challenges of the pandemic in respect of your work force, from actions that can be taken immediately to engaging in forward planning and future proofing. The webinars will cover:

 

Webinar 1

27 April 2020, 2pm – 3pm – Delivered through the medium of English

27 April 2020, 4pm – 5pm – Delivered through the medium of Welsh

Managing your staff during the COVID-19 crisis – Act Now

In this webinar we will be discussing the immediate concerns for managing staff during the pandemic. This includes the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and furloughing and managing staff remotely, including communications.

Furlough / CJRS:

  • The UK Government’s furlough / CJRS guidance is constantly changing and being updated. In this session we will bring you up to date with the latest changes, including dealing with holidays, pay, and implementing furlough responsibly from an employment law perspective.

HMRC Portal for furlough claims:

  • The portal for registering furlough claims will be up and running from 20 April 2020 and we will provide guidance on how to use that portal effectively, and what written records you need to maintain to satisfy the requirements of the scheme.

Managing staff remotely, and managing communications and ‘banter’:

  • One person’s banter is another’s harassment or bullying, and the increasing use of remote communications can easily cause disputes in this area. We will also look at ways to manage staff efficiently whilst working remotely, and how to get rules in place to manage banter and etiquette on the different media used to communicate remotely.

 

Webinar 2

30 April 2020, 4pm – 5pm – Delivered through the medium of Welsh

01 May 2020, 2pm – 3pm – Delivered through the medium of English

Managing your staff during the COVID-19 crisis – Forward Planning 

The current global pandemic has brought with it countless challenges for employers, ranging from the logistical to the financial. In the midst of the pandemonium caused by the current crisis, supporting and maintaining good mental health amongst your workforce is vital. It is also easy to fall foul of disability discrimination laws when normal management practices fall away.

In this webinar we will cover:

  • Practical tips for supporting employee mental health, including furloughed employees, those working remotely, and those still going out to work
  • Your duty of care to workers engaged in front line services
  • Techniques for managing personal well-being and remote worker well-being
  • Measures to avoid disability discrimination
  • Managing volunteers (both existing and new)

 

Webinar 3

04 May 2020, 2pm – 3pm – Delivered through the medium of English

04 May 2020, 4pm – 5pm – Delivered through the medium of Welsh

Planning for the longer term – your work force strategy post lock-down

While it is still unknown how long the lockdown will be in force, one thing is certain that when it ends there will be important considerations for organisations to address in order to move forward.

In this session we will be looking at the following issues:

  • How to select staff for a staggered return to the workplace
  • Handling furloughed staff’s return to work
  • Prioritising key roles and kick-starting fundraising
  • Managing redundancies – and recruitment
  • Managing holiday requests
  • Ways to reward your staff for loyalty through the crisis
  • Nurturing your abandoned office culture
  • Lessons from lockdown – taking forward new working practices which were useful during lockdown
  • Managing possible fluctuations in and out of lockdown over months to come

 

Webinar 4

07 May 2020, 2pm – 3pm – Delivered through the medium of English

07 May 2020, 4pm – 5pm – Delivered through the medium of Welsh

Trustees Responsibilities during and after the COVID-19 crisis

Trustees and Non-executive Directors face onerous duties in a time of crisis. In this session we will cover:

  • How to tackle difficult managerial, financial and strategic decisions as trustees, in times of crisis.
  • An overview of Trustees duties under the Charities Act 2011
  • Review of Director’s duties under the Companies Act 2006
  • The importance and relevance of your organisations’ memorandum and articles of association
  • The Seven “Nolan” Principles of Public Life