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How the Furlough Scheme (CJRS) will operate from July 1st

(Correct as of 13th June 2020) Main Principles Prior to 1 July 2020, employees on furlough could not undertake any work for you other than training. From 1 July, you will be able to: claim for employees who have previously been furloughed for at least 3 consecutive weeks taking place any time between 1 March […]

Maternity Leave and Furlough

Working parents on statutory maternity and paternity leave, who are returning to work before October 2020, will be eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). The government announced on 9th June that parents on statutory maternity and paternity leave who return to work in the coming months after a long period of absence will be permitted […]

Changes to Furlough as of July 2020

July is a pivotal month for the Job Retention Scheme.  Whilst the financial support package within the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme is not changing, there are some other very significant changes to be aware of. From 1 July, furlough rebate claim periods will no longer be able to overlap calendar months. This is necessary to […]

Responding to Coronavirus-Related Racism in the Workplace

In May 2020 it was reported that hate crime directed at south and east Asian communities increased by 21% during the Coronavirus crisis, with shocking examples of offences including harassment and assault, such as punching, spitting and coughing, and verbal abuse. Race hate crimes are defined by ACAS as:  “acts of violence or hostility against […]

New Flexible Furlough Scheme and Statutory Sick Pay (Track and Trace Amendments) Update

As of last week, we have some interesting amendments and changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and to the SSP process in relation to the new track and trace system. Here is our summary of the changes with the most vital points highlighted. As always, we are awaiting further clarification on some points and […]

Employees Raising Covid-19 Safety Concerns

On Sunday 10th May 2020, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave an address to the nation, within which he said: “We now need to stress that anyone who can’t work from home, for instance those in construction or manufacturing, should be actively encouraged to go to work.” As a result, many employers have been busy […]

Holiday Entitlement during Covid 19

While it was confirmed in April that furloughed workers could themselves request to take annual leave without breaking furlough, many questions remained. Here’s some key elements as it currently stands today: An employee can ask an employer to take annual leave during their furlough leave period. Where the annual leave is authorised, an employee’s days […]

COVID-19: Guidance for employers

Never in our lifetime have employers had to deal with such a fast-changing, disruptive and stressful environment as that caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. The outbreak of coronavirus, officially Covid-19, raises points and many questions of employment law, immigration, health and safety and data protection law for UK employers. Specific advice should be sought where […]

Working from Home – Part 2

This blog is the second in our series exploring the topic of working from home during the current period of government restrictions.  Our first blog explored the topics of managing employee productivity, working hours and engagement, and is available here. This second blog will explore some practical considerations for staff working from home, including health […]

Working from Home – Part 1

The current UK government guidance in response to the Covid-19 pandemic states that “travelling for work purposes” is permitted, “but only where you cannot work from home”, and as such as a manager or business owner you may currently find yourself managing your employees remotely for the first time. In this first blog on the […]