HR and Employment

Here you'll find a range of coronavirus/Covid-19 related HR and Employment resources; if you have any resources you would like to share with other colleges, please email

Please note that guidance documents have been provided in good faith, are accurate at the date of issue and may require tailoring to your college's particular circumstances.

Documents are generally saved in date order with the most recent first; however, as Government guidance is normally automatically updated as changes occur, these documents are placed towards the top of each section.  Due to the amount of information gathered over this period we have 'archived' some of the older documents - if there's something you're looking for and you can't find it here contact the Employment Team at

Employment Helpline:

The helpline, run by Irwin Mitchell LLP, is fully operational and available for members to contact about all employment related issues, including Coronavirus/Covid-19.  You can contact them here: AoC Employment Helpine

Government guidance documents

Below are links to the current government guidance impacting our sector:

Remember that any queries regarding your workforce can be referred to our employment helpline at 

General advice, guidance and comment:

    Employment and T&Cs - including pay, annual leave and sickness/SSP related:

    Reopening including H&S Risk Assessment related

    AoC has developed a section dedicated to college reopening support which can be found here.  Contained within this section are example risk assessments, many from other colleges and unions.  The document below was developed by the AoC and national representatives from UCU, NEU, Unison, Unite and GMB and provides a checklist for reopening.

    Working from home related

    Job Retention Scheme/Furloughing related:

    The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021 and the level of grant available to employers under the scheme will stay the same until 30 June 2021.

    You may need to write to staff again, in which case you can find the template letters on the AoC Employment page (scroll down page to find the letter).

    Safeguarding/DBS/ID check related:

    Useful websites for covid-related briefings and webinar recordings

    Resources - including general advice and health & wellbeing: