As HMCTS announces more courts are being stood up across the country members who are currently not attending work because they are clinically extremely vulnerable (formally known as shielding), living with someone in that category or are clinically vulnerable or living with someone in that category are, as the end of the 3-month social isolation period is approaching, being contacted by managers and asked when they are likely to be reporting back to work.
A focus on HR (Human Resources) issues. PCS has raised the following HR related matters with the employer:
An update on operational issues within HMCTS.
On 29 May it was announced that HMCTS is proposing to open up 50 of the temporarily suspended courts and tribunals buildings. HMCTS maintains that this in line with updated government and public health advice and following extensive risk assessments.
Following government guidance and agreement reached by PCS with the Cabinet Office, HMCTS has recognised it has an obligation not only to carry out risk assessments to ensure its estate is Covid 19 secure but to do so in consultation with trade union appointed health and safety representatives. PCS maintains that the recognition arises from a desire by HMCTS to bring as many staff back to the workplace and as soon as they can with “business need” being the key driver.