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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Practical Support and Guidance for Employers

Support for dealing with the impact of Coronavirus on your business

Knowing what to do with your employees during the Coronavirus – Covid-19 crisis is extremely challenging. We’re all in uncharted territory and there’s a need to balance protecting the long-term future of your business, supporting your employees and operating within the parameters of employment law.

Here are our latest guidance notes for employers and employees:

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Latest Information on Coronavirus

You can find out more about how to manage the situation by reading our blog posts:

Coronavirus – Guidance for Employers – Update (31 May 2020)

Addresses the following questions:

  • When does the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme end?
  • What can I claim for under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?
  • I’ve read that, from 1st July 2020 I have an option to use furloughed employees on a part-time basis. Is that correct?
  • Do I have to give notice to end an employee’s furlough leave?
  • I’ve asked a furloughed employee to return to work and they have said that they can’t because of childcare issues or because they need to shield. What can I do?
  • I’ve asked a furloughed employee to return to work and they have said that don’t want to as they don’t believe it’s safe?

Read more…

Options for Businesses when the Job Retention Scheme Ends

The purpose of this post is to provide you with options, so that you are prepared for the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the return of your employees from their furlough leave.

The options we consider are:

  • Lay off and short time working
  • Redeploying staff
  • Sabbaticals
  • Redundancy
  • Government extension to the scheme

Read more…

Coronavirus – Guidance for Employers – Update on Job Retention Scheme (15 April 2020)

Addresses the following questions:

  • How have the rules around employee eligibility for furlough on the Job Retention Scheme changed?
  • Does this change apply to those made redundant or who resigned after 28 February?
  • Which employees are eligible for furlough?
  • What work can employees undertake whilst on furlough?
  • What income taxes does an employee on furlough pay?

Read more…

Coronavirus – Guidance for Employers – Updates and Additional Information (14 April 2020)

Addresses the following questions:

  • I’ve made an offer to a new employee but now don’t need them. What can I do? (Updated answer)
  • What happens with holiday accrual during furlough? (Updated answer)
  • I’ve just been involved in a TUPE transfer and my new employees weren’t on my payroll on 28th February 2020. Can I furlough them? (Updated answer)
  • The furlough rate takes my employee below national minimum wage. What do I do?
  • How do I make a claim on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?
  • Can someone be furloughed whilst working notice?
  • What records do I need to keep regarding the Job Retention Scheme?

Read more…

Coronavirus – Additional Information for Employers (3 April 2020)

Addresses the following questions:

  • I’ve made an offer to a new employee but now don’t need them. What can I do?
  • Can I furlough people for two days a week?
  • Can I switch off access to IT systems for employees on furlough?
  • What happens with holiday accrual during furlough?
  • My employees want to cancel the holiday they had booked because they can’t go anywhere. Do I have to let them?
  • I’ve just been involved in a TUPE transfer and my new employees weren’t on my payroll on 28th February 2020. Can I furlough them?
  • I have an employee who has resigned and is due to leave in the next few days. Their new employer has now said that they can’t join. Can I re-hire them and place them on furlough?
  • I have an employee who joined me after 28th February 2020. I can’t furlough them but can’t afford to pay them. What are my options?
  • Many of my team are now working from home. What can I do (and not do) to manage them?

Read more…

Job Retention Scheme – Additional Information (26 March 2020)

Addresses the following:

  • Which employers is the scheme available to?
  • Which employees are eligible?
  • Does this cover employees made redundant if they are rehired?
  • How much subsidy can be reclaimed?
  • How does this align to National Minimum Wage?
  • For how long must employees be furloughed?
  • Can employees on sick leave be furloughed?
  • Can employees on maternity leave be furloughed?
  • What are the mechanics of making a claim?
  • What are the options for employees starting after 28 February 2020?
  • Is an employer obliged to place people back on the payroll at the end of their furlough leave? What happens if the employer cannot afford to do that?

Read more…

Furlough Decisions – Beware of Unintended Discrimination (24-Mar-20)

Provides insight into:

  • Potential issues when deciding which roles or employees to furlough
  • Approach to minimise risk of discrimination

Read more…

Job Retention Scheme – Employment Laws Still Apply (23-Mar-20)

Addresses questions such as:

  • What is the Job Retention Scheme?
  • Who decides on which workers to furlough?
  • How do you implement the furlough?
  • If government pays 80% of salary, does the employer need to pay the other 20%?
  • Can an employee declare themselves furloughed?
  • What about those employees that have to work whilst others are furloughed?

Read more…

Coronavirus – Guidance for Businesses and Managers (17-Mar-20)

Addresses questions such as:

  • Do I need to pay employees if they have to self-isolate?
  • How do I pay people who are absent because they have contracted the virus?
  • What happens if the government moves to the “delay” phase?
  • I have an employee who is very anxious about the situation and wants to stay home.  What do I do?
  • My business is starting to feel the effects of fewer customers due to COVID-19.  What are my options?
  • I’ve got a short-time working/lay-off clause. How do I implement it?
  • I don’t have a short-time working or lay-off clause but I need to do something.  What are my options?

Read more…

Coronavirus – Guidance for Employees (17-Mar-20)

Addresses questions such as:

  • Actions that employees can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading the virus
  • How to Reduce the Risk of Catching and Spreading Coronavirus
  • What to do if your Employees are Reporting or Showing Potential Symptoms

Read more…

It’s never too late…

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