COVID-19 live employer Q&A: Is your salon COVID-secure?

With hairdressers hungry to get back to work, our Employment Law and Health & Safety Directors will be joining forces with NHBF CEO Hilary Hall to comb through essential safety and staffing considerations and help you reopen confidently.

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Tune in live: Wednesday 1 July
14:00 - 14:45

Exactly three months after being put into lockdown, and much to the delight of the British public, hairdressers and barbers have now been added to the government’s list of OK-to-open businesses from 4 July.

With less than two weeks to make your final preparations, our Director of Legal Services, James Tamm, and Director of Health and Safety Services, Nick Wilson, will be joining forces with National Hair & Beauty Federation CEO, Hilary Hall, to dissect all the major talking points and help you to reactivate your salon confidently and compliantly.

With a long list of lockdown-loosening changes announced, including the two-metre rule being trimmed down to “one metre plus”, our panel of industry and legal experts will be exploring what this means for your business and what steps you will need to take ahead of time to really hit the ground running.

From a health and safety perspective, we will be exploring employers’ legal duties, the newly-released government guidance and the practical risk control measures required to make your salon COVID-secure. From an employment perspective, we will be offering practical advice on reintroducing staff to the workplace and, if necessary, utilising the flexible furlough scheme for those who will remain at home either full-time or partially.

There will also be an opportunity to submit your questions to our experts, so make sure to join us mid-week to get your urgent queries answered and minimise any delay to getting your business back on track.

Due to the high relevance of this topic and the need for clear, concise advice, our last two virtual training sessions have been oversubscribed and we received hundreds of questions. Please rest assured that even if we don’t have time to answer your question during the Q&A, we will respond to you personally afterwards.

Need advice now?

Visit our free Coronavirus Advice Hub to watch our last COVID-19: Live employer Q&A on demand. Here, you can also download a range of useful resources, including helpful guidance notes, sample letters and policies, and risk assessment templates, which are updated regularly to reflect current government guidance.

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About the Hosts

James Tamm

Director of Legal Services at Ellis Whittam

Since qualifying as a solicitor in 2007, James has specialised in employment law exclusively. 

His practice includes advising on a full range of non-contentious issues, encompassing disciplinary matters, redundancies, grievances, restructures, TUPE and industrial relation disputes.

James also has extensive experience in dealing with Employment Tribunal claims, including representation in a full range of unfair dismissal cases, discrimination claims, protective awards, TUPE and whistleblowing claims.

James previously headed the Litigation Team at Ellis Whittam before going on to become Head of Employment Law and then Director of Legal Services. In his current position, he is responsible for delivering the Legal Team’s strategic objectives, with direct line management responsibility for a team of approximately 45 lawyers.

Nick Wilson

Director of Health & Safety at Ellis Whittam

Nick is a Chartered safety practitioner and Director of Health & Safety Services at Ellis Whittam.

Having spent more than 25 years in the field, formerly as an HSE Inspector and later working alongside defence lawyers in a busy legal practice, Nick has seen the challenge of delivering safer practices in the workplace from both sides.

A former council member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, Nick has an extensive knowledge of health and safety legislation and its transposition into practical risk control measures within the workplace.

His nationwide team of consultants support thousands of clients with their health and safety needs through a combination of site visits and remote support, with the aim of simplifying compliance and helping employers fulfil their duty of care.

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