coronavirus

Guidance published on working safely from 19 July as employers prepare for return to workplaces

Ahead of the move to Step 4 of the Roadmap on 19 July, the Government has published guidance for businesses on working safely during COVID-19 and reducing the risk in workplaces. The following guidance has been published: Step 4 overview Construction and other outdoor work Events and attractions Hotels and guest accommodation Offices, factories and …

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Government confirms plans for Step 4 of its COVID-19 Roadmap

*UPDATE 12 JULY 2021* The Government has today confirmed that it will move to step 4 of the COVID-19 Roadmap on Monday 19 July 2021.   However,  the emphasis of today’s announcement has shifted slightly with the public being urged to continue to act carefully and to remain cautious while the number of coronavirus cases is …

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Delay to further easing of lockdown restrictions means ‘work from home’ guidance continues

Today the government has formally confirmed the information, leaked in part to the media over the weekend, that it is potentially postponing full easing of lockdown restrictions in England by  a period of 4 weeks. Subject to a review in 2 weeks’ time, this means that it is likely there will be no change to …

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New COVID-19 ‘cautious and irreversible’ roadmap announced

The Prime Minister has now outlined his “cautious and irreversible” roadmap out of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The roadmap applies to England only. While employers may be disappointed that there will no announcements on the continued financial support for businesses until the Budget on 3 March 2021, there is now at least some clarity on the …

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Coronavirus: 2021 – Key information for employers as 2021 begins

January 2021: The start of a new year; a year which was hoped by so many to be the start of a return to business as normal. However, in recent weeks, it had become increasingly clear that the coronavirus pandemic would continue to have a significant impact on employers for many months to come. This …

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Coronavirus: Tiers, travel and Christmas bubbles – the latest COVID-19 developments impacting on employers

On 23 November 2020, the Prime Minster announced that England’s second national lockdown would come to an end on 2 December 2020 and that, on this date, England would revert to a revised and strengthened tier system of local restrictions, allowing many businesses to reopen. End of second national lockdown Whilst the 2 December 2020 …

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Coronavirus: Updated guidance for employers on the extended CJRS impacts on notices of termination

Update: On 13 November the Government published updated guidance, together with the Treasury Direction implementing the extended scheme.  Both the guidance and the Direction make it clear that for claim periods starting on or after 1 December 2020 employers cannot claim for any days on or after 1 December 2020 during which the furloughed employee …

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Coronavirus: CJRS extended until end March 2021

The Chancellor has today announced to the House of Commons that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will be extended until the end of March 2021, with employers only required to contribute NICs and employer pensions contributions during this time.  However, there will be a review in January 2021 to see if the economic position has …

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Coronavirus: JSS guidance (finally) published

UPDATE: 31 OCTOBER 2020 On Saturday 31 October 2020, the Prime Minister announced that the UK will enter into a second national lockdown with effect from Thursday 5 November 2020. In light of this, the introduction of the JSS has been suspended until at least the end of November 2020 and, in the meantime, the …

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Coronavirus: New developments impact on employers as 3-tier restrictions announced

UPDATE: 13 October 2020. Following the publication of further guidance yesterday evening and this morning, we have updated our article below. Following the much-trailed publicity over the weekend, the Prime Minister has now announced that the 3-tier measures set out in the table below will be introduced in England on Wednesday 14 October 2020.  It …

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UK Employment Law Health Check Podcast 2020

In this edition of the DLA Piper UK Employment Law podcast series, employment partners Gurpreet Duhra and Clare Gregory focus on employment law compliance. In particular, they discuss the latest UK employment law regulations which may have fallen under the radar in 2020 whilst companies have been in crisis management mode. They also look at …

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Coronavirus: New self-isolation rules may lead to fines for employers

Keeping on top of the latest developments in the fight against coronavirus is an ongoing task – and now employers in England need to be aware that new self-isolation rules are now in force which can lead to significant fines for those who do not comply. The new rules are aimed at limiting the spread …

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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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