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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...

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New videos to help businesses

New videos to help businesses

Government has posted new videos to help employers and employees affected by coronavirus.  Among the subjects covered are: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme; Statutory Sick Pay rebate; CJRS/furloughing; and helping employers support employees. See all

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Updates to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance (CJRS) on 1 and 11 May

Updates to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance (CJRS) on 1 and 11 May

Government made changes to its CJRS guidance on 1 and 11 May. This now includes: Employee guidance: Furloughed employees who are union or non-union representatives may undertake duties and activities for the purpose of individual/collective representation of employees or workers. Confirmation that Company Directors paid annually are eligible to claim. Employees receiving Maternity Allowance during...

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HMRC: an update on CJRS

HMRC: an update on CJRS

Wages for furloughed employees are now being paid through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Payments for claims made on Monday 20 April should be in employers’ bank accounts by 28 April. If you have already made a claim HMRC says it usually takes six working days from when the claim was made – they...

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Home based working – the basics

Home based working – the basics

Sallyann Adams, Head of the NCC Training Academy, gives some tips on getting the best from your home-based staff. She says it is important to clarify goals and roles by allocating tasks sensibly. Make deadlines clear, but bear in mind not everyone can be at computer from 9 to 5. Ensure all home workers understand...

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AI emotional support app: Woebot – free to NCC members

AI emotional support app: Woebot – free to NCC members

We have all come to rely computers or our phones and apps for work, to find information, get us where we are going and even control our heating and lighting. But what about help with financial worries, relationship problems, sleep, exercise, loneliness? Well, what about Woebot … The NCC Benevolent Fund’s helpline provider, Care first,...