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

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

UK COVID-19: People: Chancellor extends furlough scheme until end of October

The Chancellor has just announced in Parliament that: the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue without change until the end of July the Scheme will remain in place and available to all sectors through to the end of October, but from August there will be greater flexibility. Employers currently using the scheme will be able … Read more

Australia: COVID-19 – This week in Employment (1 May 2020)

This week saw the introduction of the COVIDSafe application, which is designed to speed up the process of contacting people who have been potentially exposed to COVID-19. Further guidance has been released in relation to the JobKeeper legislation and by SafeWork Australia regarding work health and safety considerations. More information regarding these developments in the … Read more

UK COVID-19: updated HMRC guidance (30 April): TUPE coverage and other changes

HMRC has this afternoon published updated versions of its guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. An important change is to eligibility for TUPE transferees. The updated guidance for employers on checking eligibility to claim now states that “a new employer is eligible to claim under the CJRS in respect of the employees of a … Read more

UK COVID-19: latest updates on CJRS

Minor changes to HMRC’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Guidance continue to be made.  The main changes made on 23 April are as follows: It has been clarified that employees who are made redundant or stop working after 19 March (and for whom an RTI payment submission has been made on or before that date) can … Read more

Australia: COVID-19 – This week in Employment (24 April 2020)

This week saw the applications for the Federal Government’s JobKeeper scheme officially open. To apply, or to access more information on the JobKeeper scheme, please follow the link or visit the ATO website. Some other key developments in the employment space this week are outlined below. A reminder that at any time you can visit … Read more