COVID-19

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: 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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Coronavirus Job Retention Bonus: Government guidance published

The Government has today issued detailed guidance on the Job Retention Bonus scheme and what employers need to do to make a claim.  It has also issued Examples of employer deciding which employees will meet the minimum income threshold for the Job Retention Bonus, as well as a Treasury Direction setting out the legal framework …

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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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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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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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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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