COVID-19

The World Health Organisation has declared the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a global pandemic due to the spread of the disease in multiple countries around the world at the same time.  Organisations are encouraged to have a management plan for dealing with the coronavirus to adhere to their statutory duty of care for health and safety of their employees and to ensure they can cope with potential business risks that may arise due to absences within the organisation but also within the supply chain.

This page was updated by HR Solutions on 21 May 2020.

Returning to Work | Coronavirus | Health and Safety | HR Solutions

Managing the Risk of Coronavirus in Your Workplace

If none of the work can be undertaken at home, then the government is now encouraging businesses to help their employees get back to work but to do so they need to ensure that they have complied with the government’s guidance on managing the risk in the workplace.  The government has issued new sector specific guidance to help you do this.  If businesses cannot follow the guidance in relation to a particular activity they should review whether it is essential that the activity continues and take all precautions possible to minimise the risk of transmission.  This may mean restricting the number of staff who can attend the workplace or adjusting start times and businesses will therefore need to assess the impact on the services they are able to deliver.

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Covid-19 Job Retention Scheme | Furloughing Your Employees

Return to Work Guide for Employers
Frequently Asked Questions | May 2020

In the recent HR Solutions webinar “Returning to Work: Practical Guidance for Employers” we looked at the issues a company needs to consider for a return to work including: un-furloughing staff; resource requirements and any associated redundancy or lay-off considerations post furlough.  HR Solutions were joined by Essential Safety who discussed practical steps to consider and risk assessments you can undertake on your working environment before you can allow employees to return to the workplace.  We provide a summary of the questions and our responses split into HR and Health and Safety related questions.

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Furlough Extended to End of October 2020
Government Announcement | May 2020

On 12 May 2020 the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended by four months until the end of October 2020.

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Coronavirus and Furlough - What's Next | Redundancy Deadlines | HR Solutions

Coronavirus and Furlough – What’s Next?
Redundancy Deadlines | May 2020 Update

As you may now be aware the government announced on 12th May 2020 a further extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).   Originally due to end on 30th June 2020, the scheme in its current form has now been extended to 31st July 2020.  Then from August through to the end of October 2020 employees on furlough will be able to carry out work part time with the employer who furloughed them.  The Chancellor has indicated that employers will be asked to share the cost of the scheme from August and that further details around this will be issued at the end of May.

A number of businesses are concerned that even with the furlough options they may still  not have sufficient work to allow everyone back at work.  There are a number of other options available to you at this point: including lay off, short time working and redundancy of some or all of your staff.

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme | HR Solutions

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Furlough Leave Guidance | May 2020 Update

Below is our guidance relating to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, an outline of what the scheme is about, and how you can submit your claim.

  • The Job Retention Scheme has been extended until the end of October.
  • From August to October the scheme will continue but with greater flexibility to support the transition back to work. Employers currently using the scheme will be able to bring furloughed employees back part-time and with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff. The employer payments will substitute the contribution the government is currently making.
  • Further detail will follow by end May, but the Chancellor reassured that workers will continue to receive the same level of support as they do now at 80% of salary up to £2,500.
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Reclaiming Wages | Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) | HR Solutions

Reclaiming Wages Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)
Self-serve Designed Online Service

HMRC confirmed that 20th April 2020 is the launch date of the online service for reclaiming wages under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).  At around the same time, businesses will be contacted by HMRC with further advice on what they need to do to access the ‘self-serve’ designed service and accompanied guidance. The CJRS will allow businesses to make a claim for 80% of furloughed employees’ pay up to a maximum of £2500 per eligible employee.  Whatever businesses claim for the grant as gross pay, must be paid to the employees. 

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Job Retention Scheme | Coronavirus CJRS | HR Solutions

Job Retention Scheme Portal – Claiming for Furlough

HMRC have announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) portal is now live, from Monday 20th April, with the first payments being made up to 10 days later.

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CJRS - Furlough Extended to June 2020 | Coronavirus Job Retention | HR Solutions

Furlough Extended to End of June to Protect Millions of Jobs

On 17 April 2020 the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended by one month until the end of June 2020. This extension provides businesses with some added certainty in helping them to protect millions of jobs; and will help to enable businesses to get back to work as soon as it is safe to do so, in order to drive the UK economic recovery.

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Coronavirus - Eligible Furlough Employees | Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme CJRS | HR Solutions | Employment Law

Thousands More Employees Eligible for Furlough
Amid Fears of Permanent Redundancy

As many as 200,000 more UK workers will now be eligible to get support through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) after the date for eligibility was extended to 19 March 2020. The government’s decision to extend the cut-off date comes after calls from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) to extend furlough or risk permanent redundancies.

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Coronavirus Emergency Right to Work Checks | HR Solutions

Coronavirus Emergency Right to Work Checks
Government Announcement:  30 March 2020

The Home Office introduced some emergency measures on 30 March 2020 to ensure right to work checks can still be carried out during the current COVID19 crisis.

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Coronavirus Emergency Volunteering Leave (EVL) | HR Solutions | Employment Law

Coronavirus Emergency Volunteering Leave (EVL)

The Coronavirus Act 2020 brought in several measures, one of which, Schedule 7, was Emergency Volunteering Leave (EVL), which is a temporary form of statutory unpaid leave for employees who wish to volunteer in the health and social care sectors during the current crisis.

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Coronavirus Advice and Guidance for Employers | HR Solutions | Webinar

Coronaavirus: Frequently Asked Questions

HR Solutions answer employers’ questions regarding: self isolating due to coronavirus, statutory sick pay (SSP), guaranteed pay, holiday pay, cancelled flights, employment contracts, short time working, forced shut down, lay off clauses and zero hour contracts.

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Covid-19 Job Retention Scheme | Furloughing Your Employees

Covid-19 Job Retention Scheme | Furloughing Your Employees
Government Announcement:  20 March 2020

The Government announced that all UK businesses will be eligible to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which will provide support for furloughed workers.  On the 20th March 2020, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak unveiled a further series of measures to support people, jobs and businesses.  On the 17 March 2020 the government announced more stringent action to try and reduce the spread of Covid-19 and reduce the risk to those most at risk. This includes, avoiding social gatherings, avoiding unnecessary travel, and working from home where possible.

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How Businesses Should Be Managing Absence

Employers will need a contingency plan in place in order to manage absences, particularly with the general advice being for those with symptoms to stay at home and avoid contact with others. Click on the ‘read’ more’ button to view the recommended general advice for managing absences as well as further details on:

  • What are employees entitled to in regard to Sick Pay?
  • Suspected cases of Coronavirus in your workplace
  • Confirmed cases of Coronavirus in your workplace
  • Avoiding Closure
  • Returning from Overseas – What action should employees be taking? 
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Crisis and Contingency Planning | Coronavirus | HR Solutions

Crisis and Contingency Planning

There are many types of threats ranging from terrorism, environmental disasters, epidemics, fires and explosions to information technology problems. In order to continue to operate a normal service it is essential to have considered the plans and measures needed to deal with such situations and to ensure all employees are familiar with them.

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Support for Businesses | Governement Grants and Funding | HR Solutions

Support for Businesses – Funding & Grants

To try and combat some of the issues which businesses are already facing, or may face in the future, the Government is releasing measures to be put in place to support businesses throughout this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. 

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Webinar Recording – Watch on Demand
Coronavirus Advice and Guidance for Employers

Recorded:  9 March 2020

HR Solutions presented this short 25 minute webinar to discuss the latest advice to employers about coronavirus (Covid-19) and give you essential steps you can take to manage the impact on your business.

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