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15 February 2021 | Comment | Article by Martin Jones

Licensed Premises – is now the time for refresher training?


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If any of your licence conditions are no longer applicable then contact one of our lawyers to discuss your variation options.

Our Regulatory team is ready to help and advise on how this ruling may assist your business. If you need advice on your position, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Author bio

As the Head of the Regulatory Department, Martin acts in a wide-range of regulatory crime and professional regulation matters. Martin has built up over 20 years of experience and a wealth of specialist knowledge.

He leads the firm’s cross-departmental alcohol and gaming licensing teams. Additionally Martin manages the teams providing a range of outsourced services to local authorities, including court representation of local authorities Adult and Children’s Services Departments.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.

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