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: 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

UK COVID-19: People: new workplace guidance to assist restart

New workplace guidance covering 8 workplace settings has now been published by BEIS: Construction and other outdoor work Factories, plants and warehouses Home environments Labs and research facilities Offices and contact centres Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery Shops and branches Vehicles (covering couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and … Read more

UK COVID-19: People: 11 May update to Government guidance

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday evening, the Government has today published some further details of its roadmap for coming out of lockdown, OUR PLAN TO REBUILD: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy. This makes clear that the change in emphasis highlighted by the Prime Minister is intended to apply from Wednesday 13  May. The … Read more

UK: 4 April updates to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance

On 4 April HMRC added to their guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  The additional text does clarify a few of the questions as to how HMRC intend the scheme to operate, although inevitably some remain.  The main changes are: in what appears now to be a condition of accessing the scheme, the guidance … Read more

COVID-19: People – key issues for UK employers

All employers will clearly be concerned about the impact on their staff and business of the COVID-19 outbreak.  In addition to ensuring employees have a safe place to work, employers will need to facilitate remote working where possible and devise plans to deal with possible resourcing and supply chain issues, including considering the implications of … Read more