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29 April 2020
In the face of Covid-19, ENGIE accelerates implementation of the first pillars of its future social protection program
Faced with the ‘unprecedented consequences of the Covid-19 health crisis’, the energy company sought to accelerate the implementation of two of its ENGIE CARE minimum social protection programme pillars. ENGIE CARE will be included in the future global CSR agreement currently under negotiation with the international trade union federations. The Group program will cover hospitalization costs in full for Covid-19 and at least 75% for other conditions as well as life insurance equivalent to 12 months of gross...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
29 April 2020
Axa conducts a global survey on employee morale during the pandemic
The global insurance group conducted its worldwide ‘Checking’ survey between 20 and 24 April in an attempt to gauge the state of mind and morale of its staff during this unprecedented period of history that has seen a large proportion of the workforce teleworking. ‘Checking’ is a short survey (4 questions) and replaces the first survey of the year which was due to take place in March but which was cancelled. The questions asked try to ‘take the pulse’ of its staff and assess whether employees feel well...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
22 April 2020
Spain: Seat to test its 15,000 employees for Covid-19 before resuming production
Volkswagen Group’s Spanish car producing subsidiary Seat, has announced it will carry out mass screening of its assembly line staff. Testing will be carried out gradually at a rate of 3,000 per week in line with the rate of business resumption, which has been shut down since 16 March following the declaration of a state of emergency and the nationwide lockdown of the country. The company plans to recommence production from 27 April, starting with a third of its usual activity. The 3,000 employees initially...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
20 April 2020
Poland: how companies are adapting to the health crisis
As is the case in most parts of the world, companies in Poland are experiencing an accelerated digital transformation. The presence of new technology has reached a whole new level, serving not only as a tool for optimisation and development but also proving to be a critical resource for keeping business going during the health crisis.
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
16 April 2020
United Kingdom: 1 in 4 executives at FTSE 100 firms take pay cut amid coronavirus crisis (study)
In order to combat the Covid-19 health crisis, 25 of the 100 companies listed on the UK’s flagship FTSE 100 index have cut executive pay, according to a study conducted by the High Pay Centre think tank and the Press Association, which was published on 14 April. The majority of these pay cuts are at the 20% mark, however many groups have gone a step further, such as the hygiene services company Rentokil, the CEO of which reduced their pay packet by 35%. Luke Hildyard, director of the High Pay Centre, says:...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
16 April 2020
Spain: Inditex group to keep paying all employees in April despite closure of all its stores
Spanish clothing giant Inditex, which owns the retailer Zara, does not plan to make use of the extraordinary temporary lay-off measure (ERTE) that would allow it to claim special aid from the Spanish state, as it deals with the decline in business volumes amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The group’s management has announced to employee representatives that, during the month of April, it alone will bear the cost of closing its 1,580 stores in Spain and the halt to sales. It will therefore pay all salaries during this...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
10 April 2020
United Kingdom: BT hands pay rise to non-management staff amid Covid-19 crisis
With demand for telecommunications services having skyrocketed during the Covid-19 pandemic, giant of the UK sector BT has expressed its gratitude to staff by handing a 1.5% pay rise to the majority of its workforce, effective from 1 July. The pay rise goes to 58,000 non-management employees, particularly technicians and call centre workers. Furthermore, BT has promised that none of its employees will lose their jobs over the next three months and that all staff members will still get 100% of their pay, even if...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
9 April 2020
Canada: supermarket executives take to shop floor
Managers are rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty. That’s the message being sent out by several supermarket chains. Loblaw, Empire, Longo, and the Canadian subsidiary of WalMart, have all asked head office managers to take the lift down to the shop floors and support their core employees. In this time of Covid-19 related crisis and fear, Anthony Longo, the general manager of the Longo’s deli chain in Ontario, wants to tell its 5,000 employees that they are not alone. He too is taking...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
8 April 2020
Great Britain: audit firms using sabbatical leave to deal with the coronavirus crisis
In order to lessen the financial impact of the health crisis, audit and consulting firms are looking into the idea of the sabbatical leave option. Thus, professional services firm Grant Thornton has invited its employees to voluntarily choose between one of these two options by April 10, (i) take sabbatical leave until the end of June, during which they will receive 30% of their salary, or (ii) opt for a 40% reduction in their hours and pay until the end of May. Grant Thornton UK said, “These are clearly...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19