The latest information
This situation is changing rapidly. Please contact us before making any big decisions.
Increase in furlough fraud
The first arrest for suspected fraudulent furlough claims under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was recently reported
Coronavirus job losses
Data analysis from by the Office for National Statistics shows that workers from certain groups have been worst affected by the pandemic
Coronavirus job retention bonus
The Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs, aimed at boosting job creation, includes a £1,000 job retention bonus for continuing to employ furloughed workers
Coronavirus job retention scheme: end date confirmed and furloughed employees entitled to full notice pay
The Chancellor has confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will end on 31 October 2020 and furloughed employees are entitled to full notice pay
Returning to the workplace – an employer’s obligations
Following changes in government guidance, more and more employers are asking staff to come back to the workplace. But what are your obligations as an employer if staff are reluctant or unwilling to return? How should you treat employees who are shielding, pregnant or struggling with childcare?
The Job Retention Scheme and furlough fraud
As lockdown eases, the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) becomes more flexible but employers will pick up more of the costs from 1 August 2020.
The future of working from home post-lockdown
Although lockdown is easing, government guidance advises people to continue to work from home if possible. Meanwhile the media is reporting that some employers are deciding to keep staff working from home. Do you have the right employment policies and procedures in place?
Social distancing for businesses
Download our health and safety partner Southalls’ guide to social distancing for businesses
Health and safety Q&A for employers
Our health and safety partner Southalls have answered your most frequently asked questions around the health and safety implications of the spread of coronavirus and put together some practical steps on how to move forward safely and keep your people and premises safe
Latest Covid employment law updates
Changes to annual leave, SSP, furlough and more
Job Retention Scheme – Chancellor launches ‘flexible furlough’
From 1 July, employers can bring furloughed workers back to work part-time.
A Covid redundancy must still be fair and reasonable
Time to consider the alternatives to redundancy and and the key elements of a fair redundancy.
More changes to statutory sick pay
More changes to Statutory Sick Pay in response to Coronavirus.
Social distancing in the workplace
To help employers with this difficult task, the Government has published sector-specific guidance on social distancing in the workplace during coronavirus (COVID-19): sector guidance.
Furlough scheme update and key risks for employers
Coronavirus – furlough scheme update and key risks for employers.
Changes to statutory sick pay
Changes to Statutory Sick Pay in response to coronavirus outbreak.
Nine scams to avoid
Useful links for employers
There are a number of sources of information on the internet that can be consulted for more general guidance some of which will be updated on a regular basis.
FAQs for employers
Omer Simjee responds to some of the big questions arising out of these changes, with a focus on statutory sick pay and the new scheme to help employers avoid making their staff redundant.
Job Retention Scheme – initial thoughts on the latest employer guidance
The employer guidance published yesterday (26 March 2020) evening is essential reading for all employers. We have prepared letters for companies to issue to staff covering all of the key points that they need to make to ensure that they are compliant with the requirements of the Scheme.