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The Employment Rights Act 1996 (Coronavirus, Calculation of a Weeks Pay) Regulations 2020

Desley Sherwin
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The Employment Rights Act 1996 (Coronavirus, Calculation of a Week’s Pay) Regulations 2020 have been published today and take effect tomorrow, 31 July 2020. The Regulations set out how a week’s pay is to be calculated for a furloughed employee...

Diary dates - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Desley Sherwin
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Are you keeping up with the ever-changing CJRS? If not, here’s a handy checklist of relevant dates.  You can download our infographic listing the dates here . 1 July 2020:  This was the start date of the new Flexible Furlough scheme...

Flexible Furlough

Desley Sherwin
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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses remain unable to operate at all. Others are starting to operate, albeit on a reduced basis. From 1 July 2020, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been modified so that employers can start to...

The Furlough Scheme - Part Two

Desley Sherwin
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On Friday 29 May 2020, the Chancellor released details of how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will change in the coming months to try to get people back to work as lockdown restrictions are starting to be lifted.  Everyone knew that the proposal...

Test and Trace - how it might impact employers and employees

Desley Sherwin
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At 9am on 28 May 2020, the Government launched the NHS Test and Trace Service in England: those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for Covid-19 “must” isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms, to avoid...

Post-lockdown employment considerations

Desley Sherwin
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It is anticipated that the dire economic consequences of the current lockdown will require there to be a partial easing of the lockdown restrictions in the coming days and weeks, allowing some additional businesses to re-open in a phased manner, and allowing...

Coronavirus and the self-employed contractor

Desley Sherwin
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In the early days after the launch of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which introduced the concept of furloughing for employees, the self-employed were demanding: “What about us, we need help too!” The self-employed/contractors have been...

Coronavirus and your new starters - guidance for farm businesses

Phil Cookson
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In this article we look at best practice for farmer and grower employers taking on new workers for picking and packing fruit and field crops. With scores of workers due to arrive on farms over the next few weeks, the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic...

Furlough/Parental leave and pay

Desley Sherwin
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The Government has issued guidance to confirm that workers who have been furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme but who are eligible for and wish to take paid parental or adoption leave on or after 25 April 2020 will not be penalised by...

Statutory Sick Pay and (1) Furlough Leave (2) Shielding

Desley Sherwin
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The Government has provided two further areas of clarification to Covid-19 related interaction with Statutory Sick Pay. Firstly , HMRC has updated its statutory payments manual to provide that employees do not qualify for Statutory Sick Pay if: they...

Holiday Pay and Furlough Leave

Desley Sherwin
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Over the weekend the Government has published the latest in a series of updated guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  This answers outstanding queries relating to the interaction between  Holiday Pay and Furlough Leave. In a...

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended

Desley Sherwin
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The Chancellor has this afternoon announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended from its initial 3 month period from 1 March 2020 – 31 May 2020 by a further 1 month, i.e. to the end of June 2020. The announcement will come as a...

'Good Work Plan' Update - 6 April 2020

Desley Sherwin
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The main provisions of the Good Work Plan come into effect today . Firstly, a reminder of what had already been implemented previously: Two changes took effect on 6 April 2019:- All employees and workers became entitled to an itemised payslip setting...

Homeworking - the new 'normal'?

Desley Sherwin
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In ordinary times, the proportion of workers in the UK who work entirely or mainly from home is relatively low. We find ourselves in something of an extraordinary time, when the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the majority of non- key...

Essential travel letter

Laura Hill
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The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) have produced a letter which can be used by workers in the food supply chain when travelling for work purposes. The letter can be found here: ...

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - UPDATED

Desley Sherwin
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*Updated guidance has been provided on 27 March 2020 – this note includes that guidance* Who is eligible for the scheme? Any UK organisation with employees can apply, including: businesses charities recruitment agencies (agency workers paid...

Covid-19 - Self-employed workers to receive support package

Shola Khan
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The Government has announced yesterday (26 March 2020) the introduction of a package for self-employed individuals called the Coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme. This is different to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) which was...

Covid-19: Update - Emergency Volunteer Leave (EVL)

Desley Sherwin
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The Coronavirus Bill has not yet been enacted but we are expecting its provisions to be approved and brought into law imminently. One of the five key areas set out in the Bill relates to Emergency Volunteer Leave . What is Emergency Volunteer Leave? A...

Covid 19 and Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (TULRCA)

Shola Khan
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The Government announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 20 March 2020, which provides for grants of 80% of an employee’s salary up to a maximum of £2,500 per month in circumstances where otherwise the employee could expect to be laid-off...

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - updated 25 March 2020

Laura Hill
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The Chancellor announced last week, funding would be made available to cover a portion of wages where employees are laid off during the Coronavirus crisis. This is known as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. What will the scheme do? In certain...

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