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Government rolls out workplace testing

Government rolls out workplace testing

New government drive to increase workplace testing in sectors open during lockdown, to detect coronavirus (COVID-19) in people who are not showing symptoms. Government departments tasked with ensuring targeted, rapid testing is set up in all key workplaces to ensure vital public and economic services can continue Criteria for joining the workplace testing programme is...

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Changes to Kickstart Scheme – 30 employee threshold removed

Changes to Kickstart Scheme – 30 employee threshold removed

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24-year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers can apply for funding which covers 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per...

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Guidance for employers and workers on work absences

Guidance for employers and workers on work absences

The Government has published guidance for employers and workers on rights and responsibilities related to employees who may not be able to go into work because: they’re self-isolating they’re clinically extremely vulnerable The guidance consolidates and sets out the legal position in these circumstances and reminds employers that it is an offence for an employer...

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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...