#COVID-19 shielding ends

With the gradual lifting of restrictions, changes introduced on Saturday 1st August 2020 see the official end to shielding requirements. What has changed The guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable is that shielding has been paused. This means: you do not need to follow previous shielding adviceyou can go to work as long as the … Continue reading #COVID-19 shielding ends

The future of work can be flexible

There has been a steep rise in the number of employees working flexibly during lockdown, alongside this there has also been a decline in stigma around flexible working during this period. A survey by the University of Kent and Birmingham University asked over 1,000 employed and self-employed workers about working from home during the pandemic … Continue reading The future of work can be flexible

£20 million to improve small business leadership and problem-solving skills #coronavirus

Two new leadership programmes to help small business leaders grow in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic have been launched Government investment in small business training, management and productivity£20 million commitment at critical time for small businesses dealing with the impact of coronavirusinterested small business leaders are encouraged to sign up The Small Business Leadership … Continue reading £20 million to improve small business leadership and problem-solving skills #coronavirus

Apprentices get job boost

A new online and telephone support service for apprentices who have lost their jobs during the Covid-19 outbreak has been launched by Gillian Keegan, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister (1st August 2020). A new Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA) will ensure they have access to local and national services that can provide financial, legal, health … Continue reading Apprentices get job boost

Job Retention Bonus

The Job Retention Bonus is a one-off payment to employers of £1,000 for every employee who they previously claimed for under the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme, and who remains continuously employed through to 31 January 2021. Employees must have earned at least £520 a month on average between the 1 November 2020 and 31 January … Continue reading Job Retention Bonus

UK PM Downing Street briefing – putting on the breaks

At the prime ministers Downing Street briefing Friday 31st July, relaxation of rules that were proposed to be implemented from 1st August 2020 in England have been delayed by 14 days. Employees should continue to go back to workplaces. Most of the measures that were due to be relaxed on Saturday 1st August have been … Continue reading UK PM Downing Street briefing – putting on the breaks

New law to ensure furloughed employees receive full redundancy payments

Government brings in law to ensure furloughed employees receive statutory redundancy pay based on their normal wages, rather than a reduced furlough rate. New law will ensure that furloughed employees receive statutory redundancy pay based on their normal wageschanges will mean those furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are not short-changedchanges will apply to … Continue reading New law to ensure furloughed employees receive full redundancy payments

How changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 31 July impact you

Dear PAYadvice, We’re writing to remind you about changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) from 31 J‌ul‌y and what to do if you have claimed too much. What you need to do before 31 J‌ul‌y Submit your CJRS claim for periods ending on or before 30 June 2020 by 31 J‌ul‌y 2020. This … Continue reading How changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 31 July impact you

Furlough grant – claimed too much or not enough

Announced on 20th March 2020, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has helped save over 9.5 million UK jobs and aided keeping Britain paid. Employers could claim 80% of reference pay plus the employer aspects of National Insurance and the employer minimum banded Pension Contributions. The guidance has evolved and developed with many revisions. Employers anxious … Continue reading Furlough grant – claimed too much or not enough

Find a restaurant – Eat Out to Help Out

From 3 to 31 August, get discounts when you eat in at restaurants that are registered with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme: get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner)every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 31 … Continue reading Find a restaurant – Eat Out to Help Out

Furloughed staff – not made a claim yet – Time is running out

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) closes for part 1 claims at midnight 31st July 2020. If you have an outstanding claim, then DO IT NOW. The CJRS Scheme was announced on Friday 20th March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the government supporting businesses to keep their workforce employed and paid. For … Continue reading Furloughed staff – not made a claim yet – Time is running out

Kickstart registrations for interested employers to be opened in August 2020

Over 700,000 people are leaving education this year. Many more are starting out in their careers. Under 25s are two and a half times as likely to work in a sector that has been closed by COVID. The Chancellor (Rishi Sunak) or has stated that ‘We cannot lose this generation and that's why we've launched … Continue reading Kickstart registrations for interested employers to be opened in August 2020

Over 32,000 registered restaurants for Eat Out to Help Out

Over 32,000 restaurants have registered for Eat Out to Help Out. Registration closes end of August. You can register if your establishment: sells food for immediate consumption on the premisesprovides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in mealswas registered as a food business with the relevant local authority … Continue reading Over 32,000 registered restaurants for Eat Out to Help Out

Parenting in lockdown: Coronavirus and the effects on work-life balance

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published a report into parenting during the #coronavirus lockdown. Parents in Great Britain who have been able to work through the coronavirus lockdown have adapted their working patterns around caring for their children. There were some clear trends in how that childcare was delivered. Parents fitted in work … Continue reading Parenting in lockdown: Coronavirus and the effects on work-life balance

Are you ready for changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?

Dear @PAYadvice, Do you want to find out more about changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and how flexible furloughing can support your business? Join our live webinar, Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and flexible furloughing, for the latest information, including: an overview of changes to the scheme, including how you can now bring … Continue reading Are you ready for changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?

Key dates update – #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Dear @PAYadvice, We’re writing to remind you about key dates for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and actions you might need to take. Key dates  Submit your CJRS claim for periods ending on or before 30‌‌‌ ‌June 2020 by 31‌‌‌ ‌July 2020. This is the last date you can make those claims. You need to … Continue reading Key dates update – #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Employees encouraged to report furlough cheats

The government states ‘The Job Retention Scheme was put in place to save jobs’. HM Revenue and Customs are asking employees to help protect the scheme and U.K. taxpayers who fund it by reporting cheats. If employees are concerned that their employer is or has abused the scheme, to report their employer to HMRC. Over … Continue reading Employees encouraged to report furlough cheats

Business events and conferences given go ahead to resume from 1st October 2020 in England

Government to begin pilots to help plan how best to restart indoor business eventsNew guidance outlines how the nation’s conference venues can get back up and running safely Business events, conferences and events centres in England will be given the go ahead to reopen on 1 October adhering to social distancing, Prime Minister Boris Johnson … Continue reading Business events and conferences given go ahead to resume from 1st October 2020 in England

TUC responds to announcement on return to workplaces from August

The TUC is calling on employers to do the following before asking staff to return to the workplace: Complete their Covid-Secure risk assessments as required by law, in consultation with unions and their workforces Publish their Covid-Secure risk assessment on their website, as the government expects. The TUC is collating links to published risk assessments … Continue reading TUC responds to announcement on return to workplaces from August

PM statement on coronavirus: 17th July 2020

Boris Johnson, PM Friday 17th July 2020, the British Primeminister sets out further measures in the process of lifting restrictions. PM statement on Coronavirus The highlights Today we are publishing our framework for containing and controlling future outbreaks in England, which will enable national and local government to work closely together. ...local authorities will have … Continue reading PM statement on coronavirus: 17th July 2020

Employment in the UK

The Office for National Statistics have released their latest labour market report. While some have lost their jobs, the biggest response of employers remains cutting hours rather than employment. Lower hours includes putting people onto furlough - though there is some evidence of some people returning to work. Furloughed workers are often on partial pay, … Continue reading Employment in the UK

Face coverings to be mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock spoke about plans to make face coverings mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July 2020. Matt Hancock ...In recent weeks, we have reopened retail and footfall is rising. We want to give people more confidence to shop safely, and enhance protections for those who work in shops. … Continue reading Face coverings to be mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July

Latest on the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self Employment Income Scheme

The UK government have confirmed the statistics up to midnight 12 July 2020. £31.7bn for small business through Bounce Back loans, with around 55k interruption loan approvals The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has closed to new entrants as it is now phasing through flexible furlough. 9.4 million jobs had been furloughed with government grants of … Continue reading Latest on the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self Employment Income Scheme

ACAS provide a Returning to the workplace process map

ACAS interactive process map with hyperlinks The process map is designed for employers who are preparing for a return to the workplace. It is an interactive resource which signposts some recommended actions and further guidance available. ACAS also provide more guidance on the steps recommended for enabling a return to the workplace. Returning to the … Continue reading ACAS provide a Returning to the workplace process map

Online calculator updated in preparation for August 2020 furlough claims

The revised Covid 19 Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was launched successfully on the 1st July. One of the main features of the new scheme is that the rules will change each calendar month. In order to help employers plan ahead, HMRC are updating the online calculator and associated guidance as early as possible. For those … Continue reading Online calculator updated in preparation for August 2020 furlough claims

Eat Out to Help Out – register your establishment

The U.K. government has released guidance pages for the registration service for establishments to offer the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. Registration opened on Monday 13th July 2020. You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme to offer a discount to diners and encourage them to eat at your restaurant. You can … Continue reading Eat Out to Help Out – register your establishment

More businesses can reopen #COVID19 #coronavirus

The UK Government is continuing to ease restrictions. From 11th July 2020: you can participate in team and other grassroots sports where the sports governing body has issued guidance on how to do so safelyoutdoor swimming pools and outdoor water parks can openoutdoor performances in front of a live audience and indoor rehearsals can take … Continue reading More businesses can reopen #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furlough fraud arrest

A West Midlands man has been arrested as part of an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation into a suspected £495,000 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) fraud. HMRC officers executed a search warrant 8th July 2020 in the Solihull area and arrested a 57-year-old man. This is the first arrest in connection to alleged fraud … Continue reading Furlough fraud arrest

Update – Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests – tax and NI free

Following some criticism of the original HMRC confirming a tax and Class 1A liability, the government are making a legal change. HMRC have confirmed the following on Thursday 9th July 2020. Coronavirus tests provided by the government, as part of its national testing scheme, are not treated as a benefit in kind for tax purposes. … Continue reading Update – Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests – tax and NI free

A Plan For Jobs

The Chancellor of the Exchequer set out a Plan for Jobs to Parliament on 8 July 2020. This is the Plan for Jobs and supporting documents. A Plan For Jobs The government state this will support the UK’s economic recovery while continuing to prioritise people’s health by: introducing a new Job Retention Bonus to encourage … Continue reading A Plan For Jobs

Find out more about the Job Retention Bonus Scheme

8th July 2020 Dear @PAYadvice, Today the Chancellor announced the introduction of the Job Retention Bonus. This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until 31‌‌‌ ‌January 2021. The bonus will provide additional support to retain employees. … Continue reading Find out more about the Job Retention Bonus Scheme

Eat Out to Help Out

Today the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, as part of the Plan for Jobs 2020 update. The scheme will support over 129,000 businesses in the hospitality industry. Diners can get 50% off meals and non-alcoholic drinks, up to £10 per person, at participating restaurants, bars and cafes when they … Continue reading Eat Out to Help Out

Rishi’s Plan for Jobs will help Britain bounce back

Delivering his Summer Economic Update in Parliament, the Chancellor announced a package of measures to support jobs in every part of the country, give businesses the confidence to retain and hire, and provide people with the tools they need to get better jobs. The plan for jobs is the second part of a three-phase plan … Continue reading Rishi’s Plan for Jobs will help Britain bounce back

Over a million bounce back loans approved for small businesses #COVID19 #coronavirus

Bounce Back loans approved for small firms to help them survive the Coronavirus pandemic has passed the one million milestone. The Bounce Back Loan Scheme has been a success in providing firms with vital government-backed loans at a low, affordable rate and with no interest or repayments due in the first year. Today’s update shows … Continue reading Over a million bounce back loans approved for small businesses #COVID19 #coronavirus

Employment and skills convention – 9th July #COVID19 #coronavirus

The Coronavirus pandemic has triggered an unprecedented economic crisis. Despite the government’s measures to protect businesses and jobs, we have seen a dramatic spike in unemployment. While the economy is gradually unlocking, it is increasingly clear that the legacy of the crisis will be with us for years to come.   The Employment and Skills Convention … Continue reading Employment and skills convention – 9th July #COVID19 #coronavirus

Direct Earnings Suspension (DEA) Continues

Changes to DEA deductions because of coronavirus (COVID-19) The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed (7th July 2020) that benefit debt repayments continue to be temporarily stopped because of #coronavirus. Employers should continue to not make any DEA deductions from employees’ pay. The DWP indicate that they will write to the employer with … Continue reading Direct Earnings Suspension (DEA) Continues

Update to Expenses and Benefits during #COVID19 #coronavirus (updated 8th July 2020)

HM Revenue and Customs have updated guidance (6th July 2020) in relation to 'Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests' and 'Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)'. Then a further update was applied on 8th July removing the section on ‘Coronavirus (COVID19) tests. Expenses and Benefits during COVID-19 The following was removed on Wednesday 8th July 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests Coronavirus … Continue reading Update to Expenses and Benefits during #COVID19 #coronavirus (updated 8th July 2020)

Flexible furlough agreements – put it in writing

ACAS provide comprehensive guidance to employers on the requirements for furlough. Flexible furlough agreements - in writing From 1 July 2020, a perviously furloughed employee can agree with their employer to be put on 'flexible furlough'. They can work some of their usual hours and be put on furlough for the hours not worked. Any … Continue reading Flexible furlough agreements – put it in writing

Claiming grant for furlough – made a mistake – new delete capability added

Employers - if you make an error when claiming! HMRC have added functionality and updated guidance (3rd July 2020) to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to allow grant claimant who realise they have made an error to delete the claim within 72 hours. If an employer has inadvertently over-claimed, the amount must be paid back … Continue reading Claiming grant for furlough – made a mistake – new delete capability added

Self-employed – Make your SEISS grant claim by 13th July 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

If you’re eligible and your business has been adversely affected you must make your claim for the first grant on or before 13 July 2020. Claim SEISS now This scheme is being extended. If you’re eligible for the second and final grant, and your business has been adversely affected on or after 14 July 2020 … Continue reading Self-employed – Make your SEISS grant claim by 13th July 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

Treasury Direction under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

On 30 April, the Chancellor made a Treasury Direction under Section 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act. It sets out that HMRC are responsible for the payment and management of amounts to be paid under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). The Chancellor has made a further Treasury Direction (2nd July 2020) under Sections … Continue reading Treasury Direction under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

Is it genuine or a scam? NHS Test and Trace contact

If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, contact tracers will: call you from 0300 013 5000send you text messages from ‘NHStracing’ask you to sign into the NHS test and trace contact-tracing website Contact tracers will never: ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to us (for example, those starting 09 … Continue reading Is it genuine or a scam? NHS Test and Trace contact

Public asked to leave a name and number with venues to help stop the spread of COVID-19

Executive Chair of NHS Test and Trace encourages public, businesses and organisations to “play their part in new national effort” by providing names and phone numbers with venues and businesses they visit from this Saturday New guidance published for hospitality and leisure sector sets out how organisations can keep a secure, short-term record of staff … Continue reading Public asked to leave a name and number with venues to help stop the spread of COVID-19

Self-isolation lifted for lower risk countries in time for holidays this summer

Holidaymakers travelling to and from certain destinations including Germany, France, Spain and Italy will not need to self-isolate on either leg of their journey from 10th July 2020 When planning holidays or overseas travel, people should therefore check the latest travel advice on GOV.UK, including whether there are any self-isolation measures in place for their … Continue reading Self-isolation lifted for lower risk countries in time for holidays this summer

Should I go back to work? #COVID19 #coronavirus

Those working in England can use this government service to find out if you should go back to work during this phase of coronavirus lockdown, and what you can do if you should not be going into work. If you’re currently on furlough you can stay on furlough. However, if you are asked to come … Continue reading Should I go back to work? #COVID19 #coronavirus

Flexi-Furlough is OPEN and claims can commence #COVID19 #coronavirus

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Part 1 is now concluded. Any grant claim applications must be made at the latest 31st July 2020 else it will be too late. So Flexible Furlough starts today. For employees who have completed their continuous 21 day furlough under part 1 can now be Flexi-Furloughed working as little … Continue reading Flexi-Furlough is OPEN and claims can commence #COVID19 #coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by occupation

“There are lots of complex things playing out during the pandemic and the risk of death involving COVID-19 is influenced by a range of factors including the job someone does, but also age, ethnicity and underlying health conditions. We also know that people living in the most deprived local areas, and those living in urban … Continue reading Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by occupation

Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1st August 2020 #COVID19 #coronaviris

Mandatory MOT testing is reintroduced from 1st August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted. MOT ensure that vehicle parts, including tyres, seatbelts, brakes, lights and exhausts, are in proper working order. Due to the #coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the spread of the … Continue reading Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1st August 2020 #COVID19 #coronaviris

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Direction notice issued 26th June 2020 – flexible furlough

Chancellor, Rishi Sunak The publication of a further Treasury direction on the CJRS is now live. This direction reflects the extension of the Scheme to 31st October 2020, and the changes to the terms of the scheme from 1st July 2020 onwards, announced by the Chancellor on 12th May 2020. This direction does not contain … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Direction notice issued 26th June 2020 – flexible furlough

Flexible furlough starts from 1st July 2020 #coronavirus #COVID19

Dear @PAYadvice, HM Treasury letter box by PSP(c)2020 We wrote to you recently to help you prepare for changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). This is a reminder that you can start to flexibly furlough eligible employees from 1‌‌‌ ‌July onwards. From 1‌‌‌ ‌July, you can claim a more flexible grant for any employee you have previously … Continue reading Flexible furlough starts from 1st July 2020 #coronavirus #COVID19

‘Independence Day’ for more businesses and venues – 4th July 2020

The U.K. prime minister has announced that pubs, restaurants and hairdressers can reopen if they are #COVID19 secure from 4th July 2020 in England. Boris Johnson The Chancellor Rishi Sunak tweeted that “I can’t wait to get back to the pub.... and I don’t even drink... Good news for Business.. and glad we’ll have a … Continue reading ‘Independence Day’ for more businesses and venues – 4th July 2020

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self Employed Income Support Scheme update – 21st June 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Part 1 is soon coming to an end on 30th June 2020. Announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Friday 20th March 2020, the Scheme covered from 1st March through 30th June for those who were furloughed for a minimum period of 21 consecutive days. The last new furlough … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self Employed Income Support Scheme update – 21st June 2020

#COVID19: Can you open for business safely? New government online tool available

The UK Government has developed an online tool to help businesses in England to reopen safely during coronavirus. It encourages carrying out a risk assessment and helps identify workplace adjustments. Employers have the legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site, such as customers and visitors. This tool will help businesses to … Continue reading #COVID19: Can you open for business safely? New government online tool available

Furlough: Maternity and other parental pay: changes to calculation of Average Weekly Earning (AWE)

H & DD by PSP (c)2016 As a result of the #COVID19 #coronavirus pandemic with millions of employees being placed on furlough, new rules are introduced to protect those who are going on parental leave and receiving statutory payments for maternity, adoption, paternity, bereavement and shared parental responsibilities. HMRC now advise: If your employee was … Continue reading Furlough: Maternity and other parental pay: changes to calculation of Average Weekly Earning (AWE)

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – more updates released 19th June 2020

HMRC have updated coronavirus guidance to reflect recent announcements. The following has been added: Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme If your employee is a military reservist returning to work after 10 June You can … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – more updates released 19th June 2020

Flexible furlough webinars – sign up now #COVID19 #coronavirus

From ‘flexible furlough’ to working out the amount you can claim – there have been key changes to the Job Retention Scheme. Significant changes apply from 1st July 2020: Plan itAgree itCalculate itPay itClaim itRecord it Sign up now Register your place on the HMRC webinar:Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Schemeand flexible furloughing PAYadvice.UK … Continue reading Flexible furlough webinars – sign up now #COVID19 #coronavirus

Employer help – #coronavirus Support for Business

The ‘employer help’ website from Jobcentre Plus offers a range of advice to help business overcome the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether needing to expand rapidly, or worried about redundancies, you can find advice on next steps and the best ways to support your staff. The types of resources and services available include: … Continue reading Employer help – #coronavirus Support for Business

Flexible furlough – the Pension Regulator updates to guidance

The Pension Regulator (TPR) has updated its COVID-19 guidance as a result of flexible furlough commencing from 1st July 2020. This new guidance recognises that: from 1st July 2020, staff on furlough under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme may work part of the time for their employerfor claims starting on or after 1st August 2020, … Continue reading Flexible furlough – the Pension Regulator updates to guidance

Returning to the workplace – ACAS #coronavirus #COVID19

With the start of flexible furlough from 1st July 2020, employers will be planning ways of bringing their workforce back into the workplace. Although home working may become a partial norm, business premises will start to open and commence an establishment of a new working norm! ACAS publish guidance for employers on steps and suggested … Continue reading Returning to the workplace – ACAS #coronavirus #COVID19

Penalties and appeals #HMRC #coronavirus #COVID19

Support available during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic - Late filing and payment penalties HMRC is supporting taxpayers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic... [Taxpayers] should continue to pay and file on time... However, HMRC understands that some... will find it difficult to meet deadlines. For example, they may not have access to their business premises or be … Continue reading Penalties and appeals #HMRC #coronavirus #COVID19

Reservists returning to civilian work eligible for #coronavirus #COVID19 government support schemes

Military reservists able to access the self employment scheme and those returning to work the Coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) Rishi Sunak said serviceman and servicewomen who come back to their day job after completing a period of active duty will be able to be furloughed by their employer under the recently extended Coronavirus Job … Continue reading Reservists returning to civilian work eligible for #coronavirus #COVID19 government support schemes

Usual Hours! – new Flexible Furlough calculation and claim requirements #coronavirus #COVID19

From 1st July employees can return to work part-time and be furloughed for the remaining usual work time not worked. Employers claiming for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) ‘part 2’ must calculate the employees ‘usual’ and ‘furloughed’ hours to calculate their claim. From 1st July, employers will: only be able to claim for employees … Continue reading Usual Hours! – new Flexible Furlough calculation and claim requirements #coronavirus #COVID19

#coronaviris Job Retention Scheme changes for 1st July 2020 and onwards #COVID19

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have updated guidance in readiness for the commencement of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Part 2. CJRS Part 1, covered furloughed periods for employees from 1st March 2020 through 30th June 2020 and is coming to an end, with employers who are wanting to receive a grant required to … Continue reading #coronaviris Job Retention Scheme changes for 1st July 2020 and onwards #COVID19

UK Government figures confirm support for incomes across all nations during #coronavirus #COVID19

new figures highlight Government support in protecting jobs and helping individuals across all four nationsstatistics for Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme show uptake of schemesnew figures also reveal size and sector of businesses furloughing staff Under the CJRS, up until the 31 May more than 6.4 million jobs were furloughed in … Continue reading UK Government figures confirm support for incomes across all nations during #coronavirus #COVID19

Self-Employed – have you claimed SEISS #coronavirus #COVID19

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme opened on 13 May and provides assistance to the qualifying self-employed. By midnight on 7 June the government have confirmed: ➡️ 2.6m claims ➡️ £7.5bn claimed Have you claimed? Do you qualify? Your tax agent / accountant cannot apply for this grant on your behalf! Claim a grant through the … Continue reading Self-Employed – have you claimed SEISS #coronavirus #COVID19

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – NOW CLOSED to new added furlough cases #COVID19

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is now closed to most new furlough cases. Only those returning from extended leave from 10th June to 30th October 2020 due to maternity, adoption and shared parental leave can be added to a pre-existing employer scheme. Ordinarily, 10th June 2020 was the last start point for a minimum … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – NOW CLOSED to new added furlough cases #COVID19

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Key Dates #COVID19

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing: From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant for their normal hours not worked. When claiming the grant for furloughed … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Key Dates #COVID19

Parents returning to work after extended leave eligible for furlough #COVID19 #coronavirus

E&R by PSP (c)2020 People on maternity, adoption and shared parental leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for the government’s furlough scheme HM Treasury announced 9th June 2020. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended until October, with new flexibilities introduced from 1st July 2020 to support … Continue reading Parents returning to work after extended leave eligible for furlough #COVID19 #coronavirus

Quarantine: Entering the UK – #COVID19 #coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and entering or returning to the UK Changes apply from 8th June 2020. Those arriving must provide their journey and contact details and self-isolate for 14 days. The new rules do not apply to arrivals from Irelandthe Channel Islandsthe Isle of Man Entering the UK Provide your journey and contact details How to … Continue reading Quarantine: Entering the UK – #COVID19 #coronavirus

HMRC update – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Important Dates #COVID19

Jim Harra of the HMRC has provided the following communication: Dear employer, As part of changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), I’ve outlined below important dates that may impact you in the coming weeks. Important dates – what you need to know now The scheme will close to anyone who hasn’t been furloughed … Continue reading HMRC update – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Important Dates #COVID19

Plan your journey – Face coverings to become mandatory on public transport from 15th June #COVID19 #coronavirus

As the nation returns to work, new requirements to prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect Britain are announced as we enter a series of measures to ease lockdown. From 15th June 2020 in England: bus, coach, train, tram, ferry and aircraft passengers must wear a face covering on their journey to help reduce the … Continue reading Plan your journey – Face coverings to become mandatory on public transport from 15th June #COVID19 #coronavirus

Drivers granted 7 month photocard licence extension #COVID19 #coronavirus

Drivers with a photocard driving licence due to expire between 1st February and 31st August 2020 will be granted a 7 month extension from the date of expiry the DVLA has announced 4 June 2020. This will help drivers to make necessary journeys without having to obtain a new photograph to renew their licence. Normally … Continue reading Drivers granted 7 month photocard licence extension #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furlough deadline less than 1 week away – #COVID19 #coronavirus – ACT NOW – keep Britain paid

Urgent need to view business continuity during #COVID19 return to work activity Have you reviewed your business strategy towards reopening and getting your workforce back into work. For employers wanting to take advantage of the new Flexible Furlough options which come into force from 1st July 2020 allowing full flexibility of part time v furlough … Continue reading Furlough deadline less than 1 week away – #COVID19 #coronavirus – ACT NOW – keep Britain paid

Need help with you furlough grant claim? #COVID19 #coronavirus

UK employers have until 10th June 2020 to furlough employees to take part in the UK Job Retention Scheme. You cannot add additional employees to the Scheme later. For employers who have furloughed employees between 1st March and 30th June for a continuous period of at least 21 consecutive calendar days, you can claim a … Continue reading Need help with you furlough grant claim? #COVID19 #coronavirus

Flexible Furlough – be prepared for the change – usual hours and worked hours

More detail on the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) are due 12th June 2020 along with new calculator and guidance applicable for the introduction of flexible furlough. The current CJRS phase 1 ends at the end of June 2020 with employers set a claim deadline of 31st July 2020. Employers will need to ensure that … Continue reading Flexible Furlough – be prepared for the change – usual hours and worked hours

Furlough option closing to new cases #COVID19 #coronavirus

As part of the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which sees the government paying 80% of furloughed workers regular wages where they agree to not work for 21 days, it is important to note that the scheme will close to new entrants from 30‌‌th June. From this point onwards, employers will only be able to furlough … Continue reading Furlough option closing to new cases #COVID19 #coronavirus

Flexible furlough from 1st July 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

From 1‌‌ July 2020, employers will have the flexibility to bring previously furloughed employees back to work part-time – the government will continue to pay 80% of wages for any of their normal hours they do not work up until the end of August. This added flexibility comes a month earlier than previously announced to … Continue reading Flexible furlough from 1st July 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furlough scheme changes announced 29th May 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

So far, the CJRS has helped 1 million employers across the UK furlough 8.4 million jobs. The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced changes to the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Flexible furloughing is starting one month early and employers will only be asked to start contributing to furloughed salaries from September 2020. Rishi Sunak Over … Continue reading Furlough scheme changes announced 29th May 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

Self Employment Income Support Scheme extended – #COVID19 #coronavirus

Rishi Sunak has announced (29th May 2020) an extension to SEISS. “I know people have been waiting to hear and I understand they have been anxious. I can confirm today the self-employment income support scheme will be extended”. Rishi Sunak “Applications will open in August. The second final grant will be paid out in a … Continue reading Self Employment Income Support Scheme extended – #COVID19 #coronavirus

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for ‘NHS Test & Trace’ instructions to self isolate – #COVID19 #coronavirus

New guidance means those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms. Additional Regulations (no. 4) come into force from Thursday 28th May 2020 and onwards to provide that a person who is contacted as a result of the new NHS … Continue reading Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for ‘NHS Test & Trace’ instructions to self isolate – #COVID19 #coronavirus

Working safely in Shops and Branches #COVID19 #coronavirus

Updated 25th May 2020 to reflect industry feedback and to expand coverage of non essential retail categories ahead of planned opening. After consulting businesses, unions and safety experts, the department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy have updated the COVID-19 secure guidance to help certain shops across England reopen safely from June. This advice is … Continue reading Working safely in Shops and Branches #COVID19 #coronavirus

#coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme is open

Today, 26th May 2020, the UK government’s Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Claim Back Scheme has launched online. If you’re a business with fewer than 250 employees who has paid SSP due to coronavirus related incapacity to work, you can now start to make you claim. For those who have had employees absent due to #COVID19 … Continue reading #coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme is open

Latest direction on the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme #COVID19 20th May 2020

The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has issued a new direction to HMRC in the operation of the coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Rishi Sunak The guidance under ‘Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ has had further updates. Added new detail to reflect the new direction on what duties … Continue reading Latest direction on the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme #COVID19 20th May 2020

Mortgage support extended #COVID19 #coronavirus

Homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage due to Coronavirus will be able to extend their mortgage payment holiday for a further three months, or start making reduced payments. ongoing mortgage support for homeowners still struggling with impact of Coronavirusapplication period for a mortgage holiday also extendedlenders will contact their customers to discuss options The availability … Continue reading Mortgage support extended #COVID19 #coronavirus

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme updates 21st May 2020 #COVID19

The HMRC has confirmed that the guidance for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been updated with some further clarifications and adjustments as follows: The updated resources are available on the following buttons: Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Check if you can claim for your employee's wages through the … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme updates 21st May 2020 #COVID19

#COVID19 government help webinars #coronavirus

Jim Harra, of the HMRC has shared the following: The government is committed to doing whatever it takes to support businesses and individuals through the coronavirus pandemic and the following webinars have the information, guidance and tips to help you to support your clients. There are a limited number of spaces, so save your place now. … Continue reading #COVID19 government help webinars #coronavirus

#Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to open 26th May 2020 #COVID19

This scheme will allow small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related SSP. Employers will be able to make their claims through a new online service from 26 May. This means they will receive repayments at the relevant rate of SSP that they have paid to … Continue reading #Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to open 26th May 2020 #COVID19

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – need funds for end of May? #COVID19

HMRC are reminding employers that are dependent on receiving grant money to enable payments of for the end of May 2020. If you need the government funds for to pay Furlough wages, then apply by midnight of 20th May 2020 to receive payment by 31st May 2020. Claim for theCoronavirusJob Retention Scheme PAYadvice.UK 18/5/2020

Further guidance added for the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

On 12 May, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the CJRS scheme will be extended until the end of October. The scheme will continue in its current form until the end of July. From 1‌‌ August to the end of October, they will introduce more flexibility so employers will be able to bring furloughed employees … Continue reading Further guidance added for the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

Waiving Income or Salary as a result of #COVID19

Employers, directors and employees may want to waive their rights to salaries and bonuses during the Covid-19 pandemic to support their own business or donate to good causes related to Covid-19. Where directors give up part of their salary or bonus to a third party or direct that the money be used in a particular … Continue reading Waiving Income or Salary as a result of #COVID19

Get ready for #coronavirus SSP reclaim #COVID19

HM Government have added details on getting ready to reclaim #coronavirus related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for employer groups with under 250 employees. Those employers qualifying can claim for periods of sickness starting on or after where SSP was paid: 13 March 2020 - if your employee had coronavirus or the symptoms or is self-isolating … Continue reading Get ready for #coronavirus SSP reclaim #COVID19

Check if you can get Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare during #coronavirus #COVID19

Temporary changes have been made to the eligibility criteria for Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare, during #coronavirus. The changes may affect you if you, or someone you live with, are: on furloughnot able to work or you’re working lessself-employeda critical worker To help make sure critical workers can continue to access the childcare … Continue reading Check if you can get Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare during #coronavirus #COVID19

Applications for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme open early #COVID19 #coronavirud

From 8am Wednesday 13th May 2020 self-employed individuals or members of partnerships whose business has been adversely affected by coronavirus are able to apply for a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant worth 80% of their average monthly trading profits. Millions are expected to benefit from the scheme with the payments – to be paid in a single instalment covering … Continue reading Applications for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme open early #COVID19 #coronavirud

Safer travel guidance – #COVID19 #coronaviris

The UK government have issued safer travel guidance. With the encouragement of employer to make workplaces safe and for employees who cannot work from home to return to work where possible, employees and individuals need to be careful when travelling, especially on public transport. Grant Shapps, In a statement to the House of Parliament, Grant … Continue reading Safer travel guidance – #COVID19 #coronaviris

#coronaviris Job Retention Scheme extended #COVID19

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that thr Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is being extended a further 4 months to October 2020. Rishi Sunak, Chancellor ‘By that point, we will have provided eight months of support to British people and businesses. Until the end of July, there will be no changes to the scheme … Continue reading #coronaviris Job Retention Scheme extended #COVID19

Going back to the workplace – is your employer prepared? #COVID19 #coronavirus

Is your employer instructing you to return to your normal workplace? Can you undertake work from home? The government are asking employers to put in place additional measures and comply with the governments requirements on managing the risks of #COVID19. Where employers have complied, they have been asked to display the poster illustrated above to … Continue reading Going back to the workplace – is your employer prepared? #COVID19 #coronavirus

New guidance launched to help get Brits safely back to work #COVID19 #coronavirus

The government have issued new ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidelines for UK employers to help them get their businesses back up and running with workplaces operating as safely as possible. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has set out steps to beat the virus and restart the economy, ‘so we can protect jobs, restore people’s livelihoods and fund … Continue reading New guidance launched to help get Brits safely back to work #COVID19 #coronavirus