New Job Support Scheme in place from November

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced a new economic package to support jobs including a new Job Support Scheme which will apply from November. The features of the scheme which have been announced are as follows: The scheme is aimed at protecting viable jobs; In order to access the scheme, employees must be brought …

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COVID-19: New measures impacting on employers announced today

Following the statements made yesterday by Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance, and a shift in the COVID-19 alert level to 4 (virus is high or rising exponentially), the Prime Minister has today confirmed the following measures will take effect in England, impacting on many employers: In a return to the previous guidance,  the government is …

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UK redundancy-related payments: Common areas of tax difficulty and risk

COVID-19 has already had a profound impact on many organisations and across a wide variety of sectors. As a consequence, it is inevitable that many organisations will be examining their current workforce populations, seeking to restructure their business operations for a post-COVID-19 world and some will be considering closing down parts of their business operations …

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Coronavirus: The latest information for employers

In recent weeks, the ongoing incidence of a high number of coronavirus cases has led to a flurry of developments which impact on employers, culminating in new laws which take effect on Monday 14 September 2020, imposing a new ‘Rule of 6’.  Keeping track of the latest information is an uphill task. Here we summarise …

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Furloughed employees to receive redundancy and notice pay based on full not furlough pay

The Government has published the Employment Rights Act 1996 (Coronavirus, Calculation of a Week’s Pay) Regulations 2020 which come into force on 31 July. The Regulations ensure that employees who have been furloughed receive statutory redundancy pay, statutory notice pay, unfair dismissal compensation and certain other statutory payments based on their normal wages, rather than …

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Termination Payments: PENP Draft Legislation published

On 21 July 2020, the UK Government published a policy paper and draft clauses for inclusion in the next Finance Bill (2020/2021) which provide an alternative post-employment notice pay (PENP) calculation in certain circumstances and make amendments to the UK tax treatment of PENP for non-UK residents. Alternative PENP calculation The current PENP rules can …

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EU-US Privacy Shield is no more. What now for employers After Schrems II?

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has given its preliminary ruling in Schrems II – Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland Limited and Maximillian Schrems (Case C-311/18) in which it strikes down the EU-US Privacy Shield as a mechanism for transferring employees’ personal data to the US, on the basis that the …

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UK immigration update: New guidance – key takeaways for employers

On 13 July 2020, the UK government provided further guidance on what the new immigration system would look like from 2021 onwards for those individuals who are not eligible for EU Settled Status. The 130 page document briefly sets out various proposed changes and re-branding to existing immigration categories, as well as information on the …

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Chancellor announces a new Plan for Jobs

The Chancellor has today made a statement in the House of Commons setting out his Plan for Jobs to protect, support and create employment going forward. In summary: Confirmed end of CJRS: The Chancellor recognises that the CJRS has been a lifeline for millions but states that it cannot, and should not, go on forever.  …

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Government lifts quarantine restrictions for some UK arrivals – what does this mean for employers?

In an update to our article of 8 June 2020, after increasing pressure to review the quarantine restrictions, which have applied now (with limited exemptions) for over 3 weeks to  nearly all international arrivals into the UK, the Government has finally announced that with effect from  10 July 2020 travellers arriving from a number of …

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: further Treasury Direction published

The Chancellor has made a further Treasury Direction in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CRJS) which has been published today. The Direction formally implements the rules in relation to the CJRS which will apply from 1 July and which were previously detailed in the updated HMRC Guidance published on 12 June 2020 – …

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Government announces further lockdown easing from 4 July 2020

In welcome news to many employers in the hospitality and leisure sectors the Government has today announced that many businesses, including restaurants, pubs, hotels, cinemas, theme parks and hairdressers will be able to reopen from 4 July 2020, provided they are COVID-secure in accordance with Government guidance, which is to be published shortly. Unfortunately, for …

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Government publishes details of the next phase of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Today, in line with the Chancellor’s 29 May 2020 announcement, HMRC has finally published new guidance (8 documents in total) on the next phase of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).  This will be welcome news to employers who can now start to move further forward with their plans for economic recovery and assess the …

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