Employing EU Nationals after Brexit? Thinking about Right to Work checks?

As the Government’s recent “Time is running out” campaign has highlighted, there are new rules for businesses and citizens in the UK from 1st January 2021 when the Brexit transition period comes to an end and the UK continues the process of leaving the European Union. But what does this mean for employers when it comes to checking whether the......

Extended furlough scheme (or CJRS) cannot be used for employees working notice

HM Treasury has confirmed that statutory and contractual notice periods will not be covered by the furlough scheme from 1 December 2020. If an employee subsequently starts a contractual or statutory notice period on or after 1 December but on a day covered by a previously submitted claim, employers will need to make an adjustment. To read the ful......

Ultimate Furlough FAQs - 16 November 2020

The chancellor has announced that the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of March. See our Ultimate Furlough and JSS Q&A for more information.

Job Support Scheme Extended

The Job Support Scheme (JSS) has been extended, with the aim to provide temporary support to businesses whose premises have been legally required to close as a direct result of coronavirus restrictions. Read the full details and how this can benefit your business on our partners, Ashtons Legal, website by clicking here: Full article.

Recruiting Apprentices

While some sectors are having to make cuts due to the current pandemic, others are looking at opportunities to grow.  To help with the recovery of the economy the Government are introducing incentives for employers.  One of these incentives is the Apprenticeship Incentive. Government Apprentice incentive The government will pay any......

Government announces new details on Job Retention Bonus

The Government has published further details of the Job Retention Bonus to be paid out to employers next year. The scheme, which is designed to support employees throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, provides employers who have furloughed employees with an incentive to retain as many as possible.Employers who keep staff on after furlough until at least......

New Coronavirus Regulations

New Regulations have come into force from midnight last night (in England only) with obligations on employers and employees. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) Regulations 2020 set out mandatory periods for self-isolation, and a duty to notify the Secretary of State of the names of people in the same household as an......

New Job Support Scheme

Following on from Boris Johnson’s announcement earlier this week that there would be a series of new restrictions to try to stop the spread of coronavirus, the Chancellor yesterday revealed details of the Job Support Scheme (JSS) that will replace furlough when it ends on 31 October. The government message is that the JSS is designed to protect vi......

A Return to Homeworking

After several weeks of the government campaigning for people to return to the office in hope to boost economy recovery, The Prime Minister is now urging those who can work effectively from home to do so. This comes as the coronavirus alert level was upgraded from three to four indicating levels of virus transmission are on the rise. To help reduce......

The office is open for business – or is it?

The Government is encouraging people to get back to the office as schools have reopened while ministers warn that continuing to work from home could make staff ‘vulnerable’ to being sacked.  Whilst there are obvious benefits to people returning to the workplace, from improving mental health to boosting the city economies, statements like this......

Communicating with employees on furlough

Many employers in the UK will continue to make use of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) until it ends on 31 October. By this point, employers and employees are generally aware of what the term furlough means and how it works. The issue we tend to find comes up most frequently, however, is a lack of communication from employers to their em......

Reward and possible discrimination during COVID-19

Avoid discrimination when making decisions in response to COVID-19 Despite the extraordinary nature of this situation, employers are still under legal obligations to ensure the decisions made in response to COVID-19 do not directly or indirectly discriminate against employees who hold protected characteristics. The protected characteristics covere......

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