UK Covid-19: recent developments for employers

A constant stream of Covid-19 related announcements have been made since the Summer, including details of the new Job Support Scheme replacing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) from 1 November, the Job Retention Bonus and new criminal offences for employers knowingly permitting employees who should be self-isolating to return to the workplace. Key upcoming … Read more

UK Covid-19: Job Support Scheme extended to cover closed business premises

On Friday 9 October HM Treasury announced that the Job Support Scheme will be extended to support all UK firms legally required to close as a direct result of local or national coronavirus restrictions (including businesses required to provide only delivery and collection services from their premises). Details are set out in a factsheet with … Read more

UK Covid-19: details of Job Retention Bonus published

On 2 October the Government published further details of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Job Retention) Bonus announced in July along with the Treasury Direction underpinning the scheme. The initial announcement set out that a one-off (taxable) payment of £1,000 would be available to UK employers for employees for whom they have made a valid … Read more

UK COVID-19: recent changes to CJRS guidance

A number of changes have been made to the HMRC guidance on the CJRS in the last few weeks, to highlight various deadlines as well as making minor changes to the method of calculating certain claims: The guidance now reflects the deadline of 30 November 2020 as the last day employers can submit or change … Read more

UK Covid-19 developments: criminal offences for knowingly permitting breach of self-isolation rules; changes to return to work guidance

Self-isolation rules and return to work guidance have been continually updated over the last few weeks.  In particular, employers could now be liable for criminal offences for knowingly allowing workers who should be self-isolating to come into the workplace, and employers are once again being told that office workers should work from home over the … 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: changes to return to work advice

As announced by the Prime Minister on 17 July, the Government’s advice on returning to work in England changed with effect from 1 August 2020.  Instead of telling people to work from home if they can, the Government is now “giving employers more discretion” on how they ensure employees can work safely: “working from home … 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