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Job Support Scheme expanded to support businesses in lockdown areas

Job Support Scheme expanded to support businesses in lockdown areas

The Chancellor has just announced that the Job Support Scheme will be expanded to support businesses across the UK required to close their premises due to coronavirus restrictions. Under the expansion, firms whose premises are legally required to shut for some period over winter as part of local or national restrictions will receive grants to...

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Taking care of your staff

Taking care of your staff

As World Mental Health Day approaches (10 October 2020), research from charity Mind found that more than half of adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) said their mental health got worse during lockdown. Their research also confirms that a culture of fear and silence around mental health at work is costly...

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Job Retention Bonus – Government publishes detailed guidance

Job Retention Bonus – Government publishes detailed guidance

The Government has published the detailed guidance on the Job Retention Bonus (JRB). As announced previously, the Job Retention Bonus is one-off £1,000 taxable payment for each eligible employee furloughed and kept continuously employed until 31 January 2021. The bonus itself can be claimed between 15 February 2021 and 31 March 2021. You can claim...

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Employees self-isolating after returning to the UK

Employees self-isolating after returning to the UK

On 14 August, Government published guidance for employers if an employee has to self-isolate after returning to the UK. It covers options if an employee is out of the country when a quarantine is announced, suggesting employees should talk to their employer as soon as possible. NB Employers who dismiss an employee because they have...

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Update on flexible furloughing – now from 1 July

Update on flexible furloughing – now from 1 July

The Government has published a new document on the extended furlough scheme, detailing the measures to improve its flexibility. Of note is that the date for flexibility has been brought forward to 1 July. From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and...

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Managing an outbreak in the workplace

Managing an outbreak in the workplace

Test and Trace and contacting local health protection teams The test and trace guidance for businesses has been updated, with a new section related to multiple outbreaks in a workplace. Under the new guidance, if there is more than one case of COVID-19 associated with a workplace, employers should contact their local health protection team...

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Guidance on claiming back Statutory Sick Pay

Guidance on claiming back Statutory Sick Pay

The Government has produced further guidance for businesses on how to use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme which has just opened. This guidance includes information on how to calculate periods that you are able to reclaim, the information needed to make a claim and the records that businesses need to keep. In order...