Last week, the government published its policy paper on the Job Support Scheme. The scheme, which was initially intended to support employers who were able to continue employing staff on a proportion of their normal hours, has been extended to cover businesses who are forced to close as a result of local restrictions. There are…

Since the government announced the new tiered system for regional restrictions, the number of localised lockdowns has increased. The tiered system introduces minimum restrictions to be introduced and enforced depending on a region’s coronavirus risk level, however more stringent measures may be agreed with local authorities. While this system provides flexibility it also causes uncertainty…

On 27 September 2020, the Government announced new regulations regarding the requirement for individuals to self-isolate if they have been notified that someone they have been in close contact with has tested positive for Covid-19. Under the regulations, workers must notify their employers of the need to self-isolate and the expected end date of their…

On 31st October, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will close. We had hoped for many this would have meant a return to work and perhaps even a little normality. However, with the government once again advising us to work from home and additional measures put into place for potentially the next six months, it seems…

From 1st September, grants under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme were reduced to cover only 70% of employee’s average salary. Furloughed employees are, however, still entitled to at least 80% their average earnings; the onus is therefore now on employers to top up the grant to ensure that the minimum is met. With a further…

At the end of July, the government published a policy paper on the Job Retention Bonus, a one-off taxable payment that can be claimed by employers who continue to keep furloughed employees in meaningful employment after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) closes in October. Any employer who made a successful claim for employees under…

HMRC has released updated guidance on the Flexible Furlough Scheme which will come into effect on 1st July. The new guidance has been released in the form of updates to existing pages as well as a series of new guides dedicated to calculating claims. We’ve highlighted some of the key changes coming into force from…

Earlier this week the government released 8 guidance documents regarding health and safety in the workplace. The guides are designed to help employers minimise the risk of infection as many now look to reopen their premises. Whilst each document provides guidance for a specific workplace, below is a summary of the steps all employers are…

In April, the Supreme Court overruled the Court of Appeal’s decision in 2018 that Morrisons Plc was vicariously liable for a disgruntled employee’s offences under the Data Protection Act 1998. In reaching its decision the court found that the employee had disclosed data in satisfaction of an “irrational grudge” and in doing so had acted…

Yesterday the Treasury released their direction to HMRC regarding its authority to make payments to employers for the remuneration of furloughed workers. Please take note of the following changes to earlier guidance: • Employees who were on your payroll on 19th March 2020 and who were paid by that date will be eligible for furlough….

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