Covid-19

Returning to work post-lockdown can be hard for many employees, especially if you’re now in month 6 of the furlough scheme. Turning your routine upside down again can be tough both mentally and physically, so as an employer you need to be aware of this. To...

Following the flexible furlough scheme, chancellor Rishi Sunak, announced phase two of recovery and the plan for jobs. This is a set of measures to help reduce unemployment within the UK. Since Covid-19 has been one of the greatest threats causing thousands of deaths, the...

We spend a great deal of our time at work, sometimes over 40 hours a week. Post lockdown, you need to be conscious of your employees’ mental health and wellbeing. Returning to work can be tough. Getting back into the swing of working with the...

Since the end of March, the term ‘furlough’ has become a common phrase. HMRC and the Government have been regularly updating us with information surrounding this scheme otherwise known as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. HMRC has stated, “8.7 million employments have been supported through...

The Government has published a set of eight guides. These are aimed at helping employers to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the main requirements is for employers to conduct a COVID-19 risk assessment. Should you have over 50 employees, you’re expected to...

In the ever-changing world we currently live in and circumstances like we’ve never seen before, it’s important to stay positive and up to date on new guidance being released almost daily. The Government will slowly close acknowledged cracks in the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. One...

We have just had the fourth iteration of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme published by HMRC and can now confirm that the qualifying date, when an employee has to have been on the employer's payroll, has changed from 28 February to 19 March 2020.This brings into scope a...

Following the Easter Bank Holiday weekend many employees are wondering if they can take holiday during Covid-19. Guidance published by HRMC on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme does not mention how a period of furlough interacts with annual leave. Further government guidance is required on whether...

We now know that the portal you’ve all been waiting for is due to go live on 20thApril.  This is the online portal for employers to use to claim back the 80% furlough pay. The first payments to employers will be made on 30th April 2020...

The government has amended its requirements on how a right to work check may be carried out during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. These are temporary measures making them easier to be carried out by the employer. As of 30 March 2020 the following temporary changes...