UK COVID-19: Chancellor confirms changes to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Chancellor has this evening confirmed the following changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS): Claims for periods after 30 June 2020 will only be possible from employers who have previously used the scheme in respect of employees they have previously furloughed for a 3 week period ending no later than 30 June – … Read more

Australia: COVID-19 – This week in Employment (29 May 2020)

This week, the Australian Government unveiled the new ‘JobMaker’ scheme – designed to boost employment and the economy following the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the Fair Work Commission continued to hand down a range of decisions relating to the JobKeeper payments, and has now released its “JobKeeper bench book” online. More information on the various developments … Read more

Australia: COVID-19 – This week in Employment (22 May 2020)

This week we continued to see a number of employers start planning their gradual return to work, while the Federal Court handed down an important COVID-19 related decision, finding that employees are unable to take sick leave during a stand down period. As always, a reminder that at any time you can visit our Wellbeing … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update May 2020

Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month looks at: the new measures in South Korea introducing paid emergency childcare leave to ease the burden on working parents; the Employment Adjustment Subsidy in Japan, intended to try and prevent employers from resorting to immediate redundancies; in Thailand, the new data protection rules and how … Read more

Australia: COVID-19 – This week in Employment (15 May 2020)

This week saw the lifting of a number of COVID-19 restrictions across Australia, as the country begins to take the first “step” in a three step plan aimed at progressively easing restrictions. A copy of this plan can be found here. To help guide business through this first “step”, which largely focuses on carefully reopening … Read more