UK Covid-19: round-up of recent changes for employers

Below is a round-up of key Covid-related developments for employers over the last six weeks: The Prime Minister has just confirmed that Step 3 of the roadmap for relaxing the Covid-19 restrictions will go ahead on Monday 17 May as planned.  The Prime Minister had earlier confirmed plans to lift the ‘work-from-home’ guidance for England … Read more

UK: European Court of Justice ruling on collective redundancies threshold raises doubts over UK approach

The European Court of Justice has ruled that employers have to look both backwards and forwards from an individual dismissal to determine whether the threshold number of 20 redundancies to trigger information and consultation obligations is met over a 90 day period.  The ruling conflicts with the UK forward–looking approach which focuses on the employer’s … Read more

UK Covid-19: updated guidance published on extended CJRS

Updated 12, 13 November 2020 The guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has now been updated to set out the rules under the scheme extension from 1 November 2020; links to the latest versions are available here.  These largely reflect the details already announced and much of the technical detail of the scheme remains … Read more

UK Covid-19: new Job Support Scheme announced

On 24 September the Chancellor announced the creation of a new Job Support Scheme (JSS) to replace the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) which ends on 31 October 2020. The JSS will be available for 6 months from 1 November 2020 and will be in addition to the Job Retention Bonus scheme. The purpose of … Read more

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