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Kickstart Gateway Plus

Kickstart Gateway Plus

The Kickstart guidance has been updated with more information about Gateway Plus operators.  Gateway Plus is a specific type of Kickstart gateway that can help smaller organisations, such as sole traders and partnerships, apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant. Alongside the essential responsibilities of a Kickstart gateway, they will also: add the young person to...

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EU Settlement Scheme – 30 days left

EU Settlement Scheme – 30 days left

The Home Office is advising businesses that now, following the May Bank Holiday, there will only be 30 days before the deadline of 30 June 2021 for applications to be made to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). It is therefore important that all businesses check with their EU, EEA and Swiss employees who were resident...

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Government responds to enquiry regarding holiday for staff on furlough

Government responds to enquiry regarding holiday for staff on furlough

The following question was asked of Government, regarding holiday and holiday entitlement for staff on furlough and the Minister’s response is shown below. Sir Desmond Swayne (MP for New Forest West) asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what limitations are placed on holiday entitlement for people who have been on furlough? Jesse Norman (MP for...

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Right to work checks – changes from 20 June

Right to work checks – changes from 20 June

With more businesses opening up/expanding their workforce, it is important to note that the Government’s guidance on the requirements for businesses to check applicants’ right to work in the UK are about to change. From 20 June 2021, the temporary COVID-19 relaxation of the right to work checks will end and employers will have to...

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Employers encouraged to get staff vaccinated

Employers encouraged to get staff vaccinated

Government is asking employers across the UK asked to come together to encourage their staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine when eligible.  Health Secretary Matt Hancock is calling on all businesses, organisations and industry bodies to make a commitment to drive vaccine uptake across the UK. Some of the UK’s biggest national employers – including...

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Compliance with self-isolation requirements

Compliance with self-isolation requirements

ONS (Office for National Statistics) has published the results of a survey on compliance with self-isolation after testing positive for coronavirus. The headline figure is that 84% of people who are told to self-isolate are complying with the requirements over the full 10 day period, which is good news. However, that still means that almost...

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Furlough eligibility for the vulnerable

Furlough eligibility for the vulnerable

The guidance for businesses regarding eligibility for furlough has been updated to state that employees are eligible for the grant and can be furloughed, if they are unable to work, including from home or working reduced hours because they are clinically extremely vulnerable, or at the highest risk of severe illness from coronavirus. These employees...

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Safer travel guidance updated

Safer travel guidance updated

With the increase in people returning to work and employers asking staff to take a test, the guidance on safer travel has been updated to include a new section on best practice when travelling to a test centre. The guidance is to: If possible, walk, cycle or drive in a private vehicle alone to the...

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CJRS guidance updated – reference dates

CJRS guidance updated – reference dates

The guidance on employee registration dates has been updated with greater detail as to when an employee is eligible for furlough payments. You need to identify the employee’s reference date to know which calculation rules you should use and because some calculations use the employee’s reference date in the calculation steps. The key points are:...