UK Covid-19: recent developments on CJRS, SSP, and safe workplaces

CJRS developments HMRC updated its guidance on the amended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 1 July 2020.  Two changes to note are: Employees should not be placed on furlough for a period simply because they are on holiday for that period – an employer may not place an employee on furlough in order to fund … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update June 2020

As workplaces are slowly beginning to re-open, new challenges arise for employment law and HR teams. Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month looks at: the various measures introduced by the Department of Labour and Employment measures introduced in the Philippines, to preserve employment during the Covid-19 pandemic the conflicting views around whether the … Read more

UK Covid-19: further guidance on partial furlough published

At 9pm yesterday (12 June) HMRC published updated guidance to reflect the changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to permit flexible furlough from 1 July and require increasing levels of employer contribution from 1 August.  These changes were announced on 29 May and further guidance was promised by 12 June.  In fact, many of … Read more

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

UK COVID-19: test and trace launched

The Government has today launched its test and trace system in England (and similar systems are in place in other regions of the UK).  Guidance for employers has been published here.  Key points for employers are: Individuals who have been notified that they have had contact with an infected person and instructed to stay at … Read more