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Furlough and Homeschooling

following the latest lockdown regulations HMRC has issued further guidance on whether parents with caring responsibilities can be furloughed. Shown below is an extract from Gov.uk If your employee’s health has been affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) or any other...

Furlough Extension Announcement

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the furlough scheme for one month until the end of April next year. He said the move would provide "certainty for millions of jobs and businesses". It means the government will continue to pay 80% of the wages of workers who have...

Statutory Rates Applicable from April 2021

New government statutory rates from April 2021 The government has published the weekly rates that will apply from April 2021 to statutory maternity, paternity, shared parental, adoption, and bereavement pay as well as statutory sick pay (SSP) which  are as follows:...

Yet more Furlough Instructions

Last night the government published the latest set of guidance covering the changed furlough arrangements announced last week. The details are on Gov.Uk The basics have not changed the government will pay up to £2500 per month as a contribution towards 80% of the...

Furlough Extended

The chancellor has just announced that the furlough will now be extended until the end of March. It will be reviewed in January. The government will continue to pay 80% of furloughed employee’s  salary up to £2500 per month, the employer will pay employees national...

Return of the Furlough

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (or furlough scheme) was originally planned to end tonight on 31 October. The new Job Support Scheme (JSS) was set to launch today on 1 November. However, Boris Johnson last  night announced that the furlough scheme will be...

Modifications to the Job Support Scheme

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a further amendment to the Job Support Scheme, which is due to begin on 1 November 2020. When originally announced, the JSS required employees to work a minimum of 33% of their normal hours. This has now been reduced to 20%,...

Job Support Scheme Extension

You will have read about Chancellor Rishi Sunak latest announcement which is an extension to the Jobs Support Scheme, which is due to begin on 1 November 2020.Today’s announcement targets businesses who re required to shutdown due to local lockdowns and is in addition...

Beyond the cliff edge

The government has recently announced 2 schemes to ‘soften ‘ the cliff edge which follows the end of the furlough scheme at the end of October. Both initiatives are an   attempt to retain jobs Neither scheme is as generous as the furlough and they are not suitable for...

Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plans

"Since the lunchtime yesterday  announcement more detail has been made available to support the statement made by the Chancellor. Shown below is the information currently available no doubt there will be some tweaks to the system and updated guidance before the scheme...

Chancellors Statement September 24th 2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has set out the government's new job retention measures in a statement to the House of Commons. The furlough scheme will come to an end, as planned, on 31 October 2020.  The government says it cannot keep jobs open only inside the furlough...

How can I benefit from the Kickstart Scheme?

What is the Kickstart Scheme? With the Kickstart Scheme, you can create six-month job placements for young people who are on Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements you create should encourage workers to develop skills and...

GDPR compliance in the face of Coronavirus

GDPR regulations have not been suspended because of covid. Coronavirus has changed so much of life as we know it. Over the last five months and as we now emerge from lockdown, we are all entering a ‘new normal.’ Systems being put in place, such as track and trace and...