We’d like to share the positive news that our 2020 Annual Awards dinner has been rebooked for 1st October 2020. We were thrilled to have secured an excellent alternate date this year, and we wanted to share the good news to give us all something to look forward to!
Please join us for an unforgettable night celebrating inspiring individuals, outstanding organisations and the resilience that our industry continues to show – this year more than ever.
Save the date, Thursday 1st October 2020 at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel in your diary, with our early bird price offer now held all the way until the event date this year. Join us for a night which promises to be full of laughs, recognition for excellence and the opportunity to catch up with friends old and new.
Tickets include pre-dinner drinks, a 3-course meal and table wine
Dress Code: Black Tie / Occasion Wear
Time: 18:30 for 19:15 (until 23:00)
Seating: Tables of 10/12 can be reserved Smaller numbers are also welcome
The Incorporation of Hammermen of Glasgow Award 2020
In line with our new Annual Awards Dinner date and location, some changes have been made to the submission closing date for The Incorporation of Hammermen of Glasgow Award. Click here for full information.
Many of you may be aware of the ongoing generosity of Scottish businesses in the donation of PPE equipment to the NHS, and a member in Central Scotland has been in touch to share how their offer to donate available PPE has been warmly received by the NHS Board they contacted. Wider supply chain efforts to ensure frontline NHS staff have enough safety equipment to see them through the coronavirus outbreak are being led by Scottish Enterprise, but in this case every offer of equipment available now may help.
If you have FFP3 or FFP2 type face masks or something similar to the masks below, these would be ideal. Our member company had donated Alpha Solway 3030V, 3M 8833 type masks and we know that Type 2R surgical masks like the far right image would also be welcomed.
Below is the link to the 14 regional NHS Boards across Scotland. Each region has their website and contact details linked to give you a better idea of where you could donate. https://www.scot.nhs.uk/organisations
Your local NHS Board may have specific other PPE requirements that you could help with by contacting them.
The Working Time (Coronavirus)(Amendment) Regulations 2020
The government has announced it will permit workers to carry over up to four weeks annual leave into the next two leave years (EU leave). The additional 1.6 weeks statutory leave are not covered by these Regulations although this can be carried over for up to a year by agreement under existing legislation. This has been achieved by amending Regulation 13 of the existing Working Time Regulations, and allows workers to carry over the EU leave where it is not practicable for them to take some or all of the holiday they are entitled to, due to coronavirus.
This will allow employers under particular pressure from the impact of coronavirus some flexibility to better manage their workforce but still protecting workers right to paid holiday. There is a link to the government announcement below. The Amendment Regulations are still to be published. Scottish Engineering will update members when more information becomes available.
The UK Government has published further guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: this has now been published here.
You may have seen yesterday the Chancellor announced a further package of Coronavirus support, focussed on supporting the self-employed. Details of the SEISS can be found here. Details on all UKG Coronavirus business support measures can be found here, and Scotland specific information is here.
Many of you will have watched the announcements by the UK Prime Minister and Scottish First Minister yesterday evening and have further questions about your businesses. The UK Government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has clarified this morning that their advice to Business is as follows:
If it is impossible for you to work from home, you are able to go to work. For example, this will apply to those who do manual labour, such as in the construction and manufacturing industries, as well as those who provide services that cannot be done from home.
You are able to go to work if you absolutely have to, unless you are a vulnerable member of society, in which case we urge you to stay at home as per the guidance.
In addition, based on our interpretation of latest Government Advice, this here is the view of Scottish Engineering on 24 March 2020:
There is no blanket closure of Scottish businesses, other than those specifically highlighted beforehand, e.g. gyms, restaurants pubs & clubs.
Those who can work from home should do so. Those who cannot work from home can go into work.
Those who do come into the workplace should observe social distancing guidance or minimise closer contact where not possible.
Train staff in good hygiene and minimise contact, particularly where social distancing is not possible.
Please click here to refer back to our previous Scottish Engineering briefings on self-isolation and sick pay.
This brief aims to answer some of the questions that are most commonly being asked of us this week. Answers will reflect our view of the legal minimum, but employers are free to operate better, but not worse arrangements.
There are a number of considerations that employers should be aware of, such as:
People are advised not to attend GP practices but to diagnose themselves or via NHS 111. This means that getting medical certificates may prove difficult or impossible;
There is a concern that people may take advantage of the ongoing situation, but it is difficult to see how this can be avoided – proving it may prove problematic;
Companies are considering their arrangements for contractual sick pay if it is in place – please contact our team if you are;
Any testing regime which you seek to put in place – temperature checks etc. – need consent to be undertaken.
We have separate briefs on reducing staff and COVID in general.
How do I deal with the following employees who are:
Staying at home to look after children who can no longer attend school due to the school shutdown?
This is likely to qualify for dependent leave for the time that they are required to look after children and is unpaid, and effectively without limit of time. Employers could consider alternatives to unpaid leave such as changing working patterns to help make short term arrangements, using leave etc.
Self Isolating with no symptoms and not working from home?
This would be unpaid or holidays, unless if they are self isolating because a family member is showing symptoms when they would be entitled to SSP. The period of self isolation is 14 days.
Self Isolating with no symptoms but working from home?
This would be paid as normal for the time worked.
Self Isolating due to being in a vulnerable group and therefore not working?
This should be paid as SSP or holidays.
Self Isolating due to being in a vulnerable group and working from home?
This would be paid as normal for the time worked.
Staying at home because of a family member and not working?
This would either be unpaid or holidays. If family member is showing symptoms then SSP would apply. If family member unwell for any other reason the unpaid time off for dependents process would apply, or holiday as the employee prefers. If staying at home because family member is in a vulnerable group but showing no symptoms would be either unpaid or holidays.
Staying at home because of a family member and working?
The Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition, which is being held at the SEC Glasgow on the 15th October 2020, will serve as a national forum for manufacturers and operators involved throughout the associated supply chains from across Scotland to gather to discuss pressing issues facing the industry.
The event is being organised in order to successfully connect key stakeholders across the full manufacturing spectrum in Scotland, including the food and drink, energy, renewables, electronics, aerospace, biopharma, medtech, healthcare, construction, textiles, procurement, and precision engineering sectors. With over 3,000 visitors, 200 exhibitors and 150 speakers expected, do not miss the opportunity to showcase your company in front of industry leaders. Expect an impressive line-up of manufacturing leaders, academics and government agencies who will engage in a stimulating blend of key note addresses and debates at the Glasgow event.
We have teamed up with the Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition as a Gold Sponsor and are offering our Members a 30% discount to exhibit on the Scottish Engineering Pavilion.
The cost including our 30% discount per square meter to exhibit is £283 + VAT. Your exhibition stand includes display shell, carpet, light, power, nameboard and Wi-Fi as well as a listing with logo and bio on the event website and event guide. Please note, our 30% discount is only valid until 26th June 2020. Any bookings made after this time will be charged at full price £405 + VAT. If you are interested in exhibiting at this discounted rate, contact Rachel Howard email@example.com for more info on how to book.