Our advice on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and our guidance on how employers should respond in the UK and internationally.
The changing status of COVID-19 in the UK and internationally is raising numerous employment issues for organisations. The Government has introduced a number of measures including the Coronavirus Act 2020, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, a job retention bonus and financial support for self-employed to help UK organisations manage and sustain their workforces during this difficult period.
We have produced a set of useful FAQs on the Government’s Job Retention Scheme, an insight and infographic on the Job retention bonus scheme and you can view the official guidance for employers here. Further guidance on workforce planning during the coronavirus pandemic is available below.
If you have further questions, or if you would like our support with your policy stance or any specific situation related to the new Government guidance, please do get in touch.
Government to pay bonus for retaining furloughed workers05 October 2020
The Chancellor has announced a new job retention bonus as part of its Plan for Jobs 2020. Employers who bring workers back from furlough and retain them in employment until the end of January 2021 will qualify for a £1,000 bonus payable after 15 February 2021. Further guidance on the scheme was published on 31 July and 2 October.
What happens to furloughed workers when the government scheme ends? Lucy Lewis comments for Yahoo02 September 2020
The coronavirus outbreak has not only caused thousands of deaths around the world but has caused untold damage to the economy: on 7 May the Bank of England warned the pandemic will push the UK economy towards its deepest recession on record.
Your ten point plan for the Autumn26 August 2020
This infographic sets out ten key considerations for employers following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tips for managing grievances during the Covid-19 pandemic17 August 2020
Some sectors have seen high levels of employees on furlough or working from home. As restrictions ease and employees gradually start to return to “normal” working, this article considers the challenges HR may face in managing grievances that might arise during this time.
Furloughing employees - FAQs for employers on the coronavirus job retention scheme10 August 2020
The furlough scheme ends on 31 October 2020, with employers starting to contribute from August and a new flexible furlough option from July.
New law on redundancy and notice pay for furloughed employees30 July 2020
In a piece of rapid-fire legislating, the government has passed new regulations intended to ensure that furloughed employees who are made redundant receive statutory redundancy and notice pay based on their “pre-furlough” rate.
Coronavirus - our fifth employer survey02 July 2020
Our fifth employer benchmarking survey took place between 23 and 30 June 2020, and looked at the changes to the furlough scheme, risk assessments, homeworking equipment, employees stuck abroad and a range of other issues about the ongoing impact of Covid-19.
Chancellor announces arrangements for end of furlough scheme29 May 2020
The Chancellor has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will close at the end of October, with a new flexible furloughing option from 1 July. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak opted for a “softly softly” approach as he announced the details of the phase out of the furlough scheme – but one which still leaves open the possibility of an end-of-October “cliff edge”.