“Unprecedented Measures for Unprecedented times”- Chancellor Rishi Sunak
This description by the Chancellor of the measures taken by Government to step in to try and support businesses, to ensure that not only are jobs safeguarded, but that there is a viable economy at the end of the current health crisis COVID-19, certainly resonates and for most it did bring some hope. Read More
As we know, the Government scheme was initially implemented for a 3-month period from 1st March 2020, and the Government has said that this “may” be extended, but this obviously comes with no guarantees.
If a business still doesn’t need an employee to return to work when the scheme ends, they should firstly assess whether they have a Lay Off clause within their contracts. If they have, they can lay employees off and the employee can claim a guarantee payment from the Government, a maximum of £29 a day for 5 days in any 3-month period. But employers beware, employees placed on lay off for 4 or more weeks in a row, or 6 or more weeks in a 13-week period can claim redundancy from the Company. Read More
Employers in Wales will be breaking the law from next week if they do not make sure that staff are able to maintain the 2-metre physical distancing rule.
The Welsh first minister, Mark Drakeford, said the regulations would come into force on Monday or Tuesday next week and fresh guidance would be issued to make sure that employers understood what was being expected of them.
He made it clear that he did not want companies to be shut down but said it was vital that they put the welfare of their employees first. He continued saying, the Welsh government had listened to workers’ fears and would be the first in the UK to bring in a new law requiring employers to take “all reasonable actions” to comply with the 2-metre rule. Read More
We understand how easy it is to get side-tracked and forget important deadlines, particularly with the current situation with Covid-19. So we want to remind you that from next week, Monday 6th April, there is a change in legislation and all business must be ready to comply.
Currently we have not had word from the Government to suggest any delay in the introduction and requirement of employers to comply to this new legislation, therefore we strongly advise you act now, if you haven’t already, to avoid possibly falling foul of increased penalties for those that breach their new employment law obligations. Read More
Although such times may feel far away at the moment, there will come a time when we can start thinking about holidays again. But with the current situation many employers and indeed employees are confused and concerned about how much holiday may have to be taken now or how much will be allowed to be carried over and not ‘lost’ due to the normal contractual rules.
Well, thankfully, in response to the coronavirus pandemic the Government has introduced a temporary new law regarding just this, to deal with the coronavirus disruption.Read More
These are indeed unprecedented times, and as such, all business owners are finding themselves facing not only some unprecedented business decisions, but also, for some, moral ones.
Last week Rishi Sunak announced, much to the relief of the business community, that the government will cover 80% of wages for those eligible in order to ensure that companies can survive Covid-19 and that their employees can have some reassurance about their jobs. Read More
As the situation with Coronavirus unfolds questions from our clients regarding all aspects of their business keep on coming. As we know many of these issues will be applicable to most companies we have shared them for you here.
Are employees who are self-isolating entitled to sick pay?
Under Chancellor Sunak’s new 2020 budget, statutory sick pay (SSP) will be extended to all of those who are eligible and have to self-isolate, even if they are not sick themselves or showing symptoms. Read More
Most Executives take managing risk quite seriously, the better to evade the kinds of crises that can destroy reputations, value and even cause ruin to an organisation.
Especially in the wake of the Brexit, many are striving to put in place more thorough risk-related processes and oversight structures in order to detect and correct, safety breaches, operational errors, and over-leveraging before they become full-blown disasters. Read More
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