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COVID-19 Coronavirus Hub

COVID-19 Coronavirus is a global pandemic. It is set to have an unprecedented effect on businesses around the world.

Employers are being faced with unique challenges and are having to adapt at speed. Top of their mind is effectively managing their workforce in this time of major disruption. Key to this is the employer’s HR function, with effective policies and processes more important than ever.

To help stay on top of the continuous updates and changes in employment law this situation presents we have launched the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) hub. This hub will be regularly updated with the latest developments in employment law.

If your business and people have been impacted and you are seeking advice, please contact us.

Useful documents

[TEMPLATE] COVID-19 workplace risk assessment example
[TEMPLATE] Letter recalling employees back from furlough
[CHECKLIST] Return to work checklist
Process to place employee(s) on furlough leave flowchart

Employment law and immigration FAQs

Coronavirus FAQs: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)/Furlough changes explained
Coronavirus FAQs: Impact of COVID-19 on UK immigration
Coronavirus FAQs: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Coronavirus FAQs: general employment law and HR
Coronavirus FAQs: changing employment terms and lay-offs

Our latest Coronavirus articles

Returning to work during the COVID-19 Pandemic: 5 steps to working safely
The COVID-19 Secure guidelines, applicable in England, are supported by five key steps to working safely which employers need to implement.

New Employment law: Furloughed employees entitled to full statutory payments based on their normal wages
The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that furloughed employees who are made redundant will receive redundancy pay based on their normal wage rather than their furloughed pay.

Chancellor announces Plan for Jobs to help Businesses
Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced a plan for jobs on 8 July 2020. We set out some of the key highlights.

Employer’s step-by-step guide to redundancy
We have compiled an employer’s step-by-step guide to redundancy. It is imperative that minutes of meetings are taken, and all meetings followed up.

Government guidance published on safety for businesses re-opening
Following his speech on Tuesday 23 June 2020, the prime minister announced that a further easing of lockdown will commence from 4 July onwards.

Survey reveals half of businesses to lay off staff after furlough
A recent YouGov survey has revealed that half of UK businesses will be forced to lay off staff within three months of the government’s furlough scheme ending.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) update
Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced the much-awaited details regarding the CJRS. Here’s a summary of the key points.

Millions furloughed with an end to the scheme a possibility
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is likely to, over the coming days, signal the future of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

Employers to recover coronavirus-related statutory sick pay (SSP)
From Tuesday 26 May, employers can reclaim coronavirus-related statutory sick pay (SSP) paid after 13 March 2020, via HMRC’s new online claims service.

Returning to work in a post-lockdown world
Returning to work in a post-lockdown world is very much high on the agenda this week. With the prime minister set to announce a roadmap out of lockdown on Sunday 10 May 2020.

How has COVID-19 impacted Employers who hold a sponsorship licence?
The Home Office has confirmed that where an employee is placed on unpaid leave due to the coronavirus, the Sponsor does not need to withdraw their sponsorship and will not face compliance action.

Update on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) “Furlough” Leave
We are still expecting some clarification on various points concerning Furlough leave. Here are some key points to note.

Claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (GOV.UK)
Find out if you’re business is eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave (‘furlough’) due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Furlough scheme eligibility date extended
The Furlough scheme eligibility date has now been extended to 19 March 2020, from 28 February 2020.

Working from home: employer obligations
With employers having to switch on remote working almost overnight and employees coming to the end of their third week working from home, many are starting to feel the downside that can come it.

Managing apprentices who have been furloughed
The government has confirmed that apprentices can be furloughed in the same way as other employees and they can also continue to train whilst furloughed.

NHS frontline workers visas extended
Doctors, nurses and paramedics will automatically have their visas extended, free of charge, for one year, as part of the national effort to combat coronavirus.

Workers to carry over annual leave due to COVID-19
Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement as a result of COVID-19 will now be able to carry it over into the next 2 leave years, under measures introduced by Business Secretary, Alok Sharma today (Friday 27 March).

Government rescue package for the self-employed
Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor has just announced details of the rescue package for self-employed individuals.

What is a furloughed worker: Rishi Sunak’s rescue plan
Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, introduced the Job Retention Scheme to assist businesses and to protect employee’s wages during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: employees to get statutory sick pay (SSP) from day one
Following Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament, employees will now get statutory sick pay (SSP) from their first day off work, not the fourth, in order to help contain coronavirus.

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