News release from HM Treasury announcing that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended by a further four months. New flexibility will be introduced from August to enable furloughed workers to return to work part-time.
Managing your workforce
Practical guidance for employers and businesses on safeguarding health and safety in the workplace, making contingency plans for staff, and issues around holidays, pay and pensions during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
The ICAEW Tax Faculty has published a range of guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) which presents their understanding of this policy and how this will work, as well as those areas where clarification is still being sought.
Furlough letter templates
The ICAEW Library can provide members and students with furlough letter templates for employers covering a wide range of situations:
- furloughing employees
- extending the furlough period
- ending the furlough period and return from furlough
- denying a furlough request.
Get in touch with us at email@example.com to request these template letters and more.
Dedicated HMRC helpline for help with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Guide from HMRC which explains the information that employers need to provide to claim for their employees’ wages. The guide covers the essentials, preparations, calculating a furlough claim, making a furlough claim and next steps.
Answers to 30+ frequently asked questions around furlough leave from HR experts at CIPD.
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (acas) have produced a template for an agreement to temporarily send home an employee because there's no work ('furlough'). Free to download and use.
Guide from CIPD which outlines the key facts about designating employees as furloughed workers and gives advice on the considerations when implementing this new type of leave.
Hour long webinar from CIPD on furlough with a panel of experts. Includes a practical case study from a HR director on how they have implemented furlough in their organisation.
Experts from People Management magazine answer some of the most pressing questions for employers about the government’s new job retention support scheme.
Holiday, pay and pensions
Information hub from The Pensions Regulator providing guidance for pension trustees and employers covering auto-enrolment, workplace pension contributions, and scheme funding.
Guidance from acas for employers on using paid holiday (‘statutory annual leave’) during the coronavirus pandemic, including requiring staff to take or cancel holiday.
Health and safety in the workplace
UK government guidance to help business owners carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to ensure the safety of staff, customers and visitors. The tool uses a simple questionnaire to determine which guidelines are relevant to your size and type of business, and produces a checklist with links to more detailed information where necessary.
Guidance from Acas to help staff and employers manage their mental health at work during the coronavirus pandemic. It includes advice on working at home, support that should be offered by managers and employers, and information on an employer's duty of care.
Guidance issued by the Government for England as part of their plan to return life to as near normal as possible, which includes a section on businesses and venues that are still required by law to stay closed to the public.
A series of guides from the Government intended to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. The guides cover a range of different types of work, ranging from construction sites to offices.
Tailored advice illustrating how social distancing and other measures might be implemented by employers in different sectors
Information hub from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) sharing guidance on RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19, changes to rules for drivers, first aid cover, employer responsibilities for home workers, and more
Guidance from Acas for employers and employees when working from home because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, highlighting both employer and employee responsibilities. It covers health and safety; equipment and technology; checking how systems are working; setting clear expectations; keeping in touch; pay and terms and conditions of employment; working from home and childcare; expenses; insurance, mortgage or rent agreements.
Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to COVID-19 will now be able to carry it over into the next 2 leave years.
Government guidance for employers and businesses on the novel coronavirus, how to help prevent spread of respiratory infections, what to do if someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in business settings, what advice to give to individuals who have travelled to specific areas, actions to take if staff come into contact with someone who is self-isolating or is a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19.
Some of the questions and issues facing data controllers now, with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic and data protection rules, are answered by the Business Law Department.
Information hub from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) with guidance on how organisations and employers can maintain data protection compliance and information security during the COVID-19 outbreak, including specific advice for healthcare organisations. It covers homeworking, workplace testing, and data protection obligations for mutual aid and community groups.
The coronavirus crisis is forcing many people to work from home to reduce social contact and minimise the associated risk of transmitting the disease.
Article published in Harvard Business Review which focuses on the potential impact of a sudden switch in work patterns and how to overcome the challenges of remote working.
Factsheet from CIPD which is focused on how businesses can respond to the threat posed by global health emergencies such as COVID-19 and support their workforce, including the development of flexible resourcing plans.
The government's action plan outlines what it has done so far in response to the current coronavirus outbreak and what it plans to do next, depending on how the outbreak develops. It highlights HMRC's existing Time To Pay arrangements for businesses facing short-term cash flow issues (for example, as the result of subdued demand).
Basic advice for UK employers and workers in the event of a wider UK outbreak. It provides guidance on sick pay and recommends what employers should do if employees do not want to go to work, if someone becomes unwell at work, if someone with coronavirus comes to work, and if employers needs to close the workplace.
Guidance from the Department for Education and Education and Skills Funding Agency for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of COVID-19. It covers apprenticeship training and assessment, delivering apprenticeships flexibly to those working at home, furloughed employees continuing apprenticeship training, breaks in learning, end-point assessment (EPA), and funding audits and evidence.
The Skills Toolkit is a UK Government initiative focused on the digital skills employers need, offering people easy access to free, high quality online courses. The toolkit can also help employers support and develop furloughed employees.
Translation of the updated French professional travel exemption relating to the COVID-19 decree.
Frequently updated, comprehensive page listing travel restrictions by country or territory for passengers and airline crew. There may be restrictions on entry, changes to visa exemptions, and requirements for testing or quarantine.
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