Date: Monday 15 February 2021
Author: Nicola Jordan – Paralegal, Regulatory
As pubs and restaurants remain closed and many staff in the hospitality sector remain on furlough, perhaps now is a good opportunity to undertake refresher training in readiness for reopening.
The Government’s Job Retention Scheme due to Covid-19 allows furloughed staff to carry out training so long as such training does not provide services to or generate revenue for the employer or an associated organisation.
Refresher training for licensed premises could include:
- A review of the conditions on your premises licence to ensure that all staff can recall them and are able to put them into practice;
- Age verification policies, such as Challenge 21, Challenge 25 and suitable age verification documents;
- Any premises’ specific policies such as noise reduction or dispersal policies;
- A reminder of CCTV and data protection requirements;
- Social responsibility;
- Covid-19 regulations. The Government hasn’t yet stated what any new reopening guidelines/regulations may involve so you should keep an eye on the news for the latest developments so that you can implement any measures and carry out the appropriate staff training before reopening.
Don’t forget to keep a note of any/all staff training in your training records especially if it’s a condition of your licence!
You should also remember that if your DPS has been made redundant that you must address this before you reopen.
If any of your licence conditions are no longer applicable then contact one of our lawyers to discuss your variation options.