Happy Holidays and Quarantined Staff – What are my options?

With the rules seeming changing on a daily basis and with sometimes very short notice, some employers will find that they have staff members who had gone on holiday overseas, only to find that they will now be subject to compulsory quarantine on return. So, if that happens to your business, what are your options?
Posted on 26 Aug 2020

Furlough Changes - September

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) changes again from 1st September and this will impact on how much you will receive for furloughed staff (whether they are furloughed full time or just some days each week).

HMRC has written to businesses telling them about the changes, but the most important to realise is that you are still required to pay your staff at least 80% of their normal pay for the days they are furloughed (subject to the cap). I have come across queries from some employers asking if they can pay less. The answer is “No”!
Posted on 26 Aug 2020

Job Retention Bonus - Reminder

I mentioned this briefly in a previous newsletter, but the government has confirmed that the Job Retention Bonus, will take the form of a one-off, taxable, payment of £1,000 to an employer, for every employee claimed for under the CJRS (furloughed), who remains employed continuously up until 31st January 2021.
Posted on 26 Aug 2020

Making Furloughed Staff Redundant – Changes to Pay Calculations

The law was changed on 31st July 2020 to protect those who are being made redundant so that their statutory redundancy pay is not affected by a reduction in pay due to the furlough scheme.

Employees made redundant while on furlough have now been guaranteed redundancy pay based on their normal wage and not their furloughed rate under new legislation.
Posted on 26 Aug 2020

Bereavement Leave – Further Extensions?

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has sent an open letter to Business Secretary Alok Sharma asking that that employees experiencing the loss of a partner or close family member, whether by blood, adoption or through marriage, could have the right to two weeks’ leave or paid leave from work.

You may be aware that in April 2020 the Government introduced a legal right to paid bereavement leave to working parents who lose a child under 18 years’ old, but it does not apply to other relatives.
Posted on 21 Jul 2020
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