Employment experts to advise on redundancies and job support scheme

THE Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum is hosting two new webinars to advise and answer questions on redundancy, restructuring and other other urgent employment issues.

The first event is to be held on Friday October 23 at 10am. The webinar will advise on all aspects of organisational restructuring and redundancy – with advice on initial steps, the most important actions to take, the pitfalls and what to avoid. Vaughan Hart, managing director of the Scottish Building Federation, will lead the session.

A commercial-themed webinar will then be held on Tuesday October 27 and will cover giving notices, extensions of time, loss and expense – with a follow up event on Tuesday November 10 covering suspensions and contract termination of contractors and sub-contractors.

The third session, on Thursday October 29 at 10am, will offer guidance on the UK Government’s job support scheme. The event’s panel will be made up of Pete Walker, director of health, safety and training at the British Constructional Steelwork Association; Stephanie Low, human resources manager at SNIPEF; and Paul Mitchell, head of employment affairs at the Scottish Building Federation.

Vaughan Hart, who co-chairs the CICV Forum’s skills and workforce sub-group, said, “With no end in sight to the pandemic, the impact of Covid-19 is beginning to be felt by our industry, and redundancy and organisational restructuring is becoming a reality for many.

“Such an unprecedented and tumultuous period throws up many questions and we are keen to advise our fellow professionals and support them however we can.

“These webinars will not only deliver clear and relevant information about employment current issues, but also give delegates the chance to ask questions and receive the guidance they really need.”

Fiona Harper, who is also the secretary of the SJIB, added, “These two new sessions are yet another way in which the sector is coming together to help each other and assist in the rebuilding of the industry.

“It’s clear there’s a demand for employment information, so like everything the forum does, we’re listening to what people need and responding with clear and relevant advice that will help Scotland’s businesses.”

Pete Walker commented, “During the past seven months, it has become obvious that the industry needs to cooperate and collaborate more than ever before if it is to survive.

“These ongoing webinars continue to offer a wealth of invaluable commercial and employment advice, delivered by vastly experienced professionals who have a deep understanding of today’s construction industry.”

To register for any of the webinars visit CICV’s website by clicking here, or email info@cicvforum.co.uk.