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Holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus (COVID-19)

This guidance outlines how holiday entitlement and pay operate during the coronavirus pandemic. It is designed to help employers understand their legal obligations, in terms of workers who:  continue to work  have been placed on furlough as part of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)  Read more

COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

At Budget 2020 the Chancellor announced details about a new coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme. This scheme will allow small and medium sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying Statutory Sick Pay to their employees. HMRC has published online guidance which includes information about who can […] Read more

Reminder: Supporting your employees during coronavirus: domestic abuse

The order to stay at home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. As an employer, you can play an important role in reassuring staff that they can still leave their home if they are experiencing domestic abuse and that there is still support available, including online […] Read more

Now Open: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

From 8am today, Wednesday 13 May 2020, self-employed individuals or members of partnerships whose business has been adversely affected by coronavirus will be able to apply for a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant, worth 80% of their average monthly trading profits, up to a maximum of £7,500), paid in a single instalment. Check if […] Read more

Roadmap taskforces to plan how closed sectors can reopen safely

Five new ministerial-led taskforces have been set up to develop plans for how and when closed sectors can reopen safely, following publication of the UK’s roadmap to rebuild Britain. Each taskforce will lead on developing new COVID-19 secure guidelines for the reopening of public places and businesses, where and when it is safe to do so. […] Read more

Government to support businesses through Trade Credit Insurance guarantee

Businesses with supply chains which rely on Trade Credit Insurance and who are experiencing difficulties maintaining cover due to Coronavirus will get support from the government. The Government will temporarily guarantee business-to-business transactions currently supported by Trade Credit Insurance, ensuring the majority of insurance coverage will be maintained across the market. This will support supply […] Read more

Essex Community Foundation – Essex Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme

£1 million has now been distributed from the Essex Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme, providing emergency grants to local voluntary and community organisations. Projects that have received funding include volunteer schemes in local hospitals, food deliveries to the vulnerable and elderly, community response hubs and online counselling. You can view a map of all the grants awarded so […] Read more

Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October, the Chancellor announced today. The scheme will continue to apply across all regions and sectors in the UK economy. Furloughed workers across the UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500. From the start of August, furloughed […] Read more

New guidance for Safer Travel and Safer Transport Operations

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer transport guidance for operators – This guide will help businesses, agencies and others understand how to provide safer workplaces and services for themselves, their workers and passengers across all modes of private and public transport. It outlines measures to assess and address the risks of coronavirus in the transport sector across England. […] Read more

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

Yesterday Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation on coronavirus. Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy has been published, outlining the UK Government’s plan for rebuilding and recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. The roadmap to lift restrictions step-by-step will be of particular interest to businesses and employers. In step 1, which […] Read more

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