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, and you'll now find these towards the end of the page. 

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


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:

Job Retention Scheme/Furloughing related:

Listed below are the links to government guidance on the job retention scheme - which are automatically update.  Below this are further JRS related guidance documents, advice and blogs.

You will need to write to staff again, and you can find the template letters on the AoC Employment page

The following documents were provided in relation to the first round of the JRS (i.e. before it was extended from November 2020 to March 2021) - they are still useful and relevant:

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.

Also below are reopeneing related articles by Irwin Mitchell:

Working from home related

Safeguarding/DBS/ID check related:

Resources - including general advice and health & wellbeing:

Useful webinars (please note that you may need to copy the webinar link in to a suitable browser):

Archived documents: