UK COVID-19: new rules on redundancy and notice pay for furloughed employees

As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) begins to wind down through to 31 October 2020 with increasing levels of employer contribution, more employers are having to consider the issue of redundancies.  Two recent Government announcements will be key to these considerations: new regulations which came into force on 31 July 2020 have changed the … 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

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