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Returning from Furlough Leave

Steps Businesses should take during Covid-19, and how to get their staff back into work after returning from Furlough Leave

As businesses look at re-opening after lockdown and returning to some form of “new normal” we thought it would be a good idea to provide employers with guidance to returning to a safe environment as we continue to battle Covid-19.

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COVID-19 furlough scheme update and other key updates for employers

As the lockdown continues, the Government has extended access to its coronavirus job retention scheme and employers are settling in to a new way of working. Business life may have drastically changed, but employment law still applies.

You should check the Government website for the latest guidance in conjunction with this article, as the guidelines on the coronavirus (COVID-19) are changing daily. The guidance and the Treasury direction are inconsistent in places. You should speak to your solicitor for specific advice for your business.

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What are the statutory rates and compensation limits for 2020?

National Minimum Wage
Age Former Rate (£) Current Rate (£)
Workers aged 25 and over (National Living Wage) 8.21 8.72
Workers aged 21 – 24 7.70 8.20
Development rates for workers aged 18 – 20 6.15 6.45
Young workers rate for workers aged 16 – 17 4.35 4.55
Apprentices under 19, or over 19 and in their first year of the apprenticeship 3.90 4.15
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Furlough – what is it?

A furlough is “a temporary layoff from work.” People who get furloughed usually get to return to their job after a furlough.

Who is eligible?

All UK businesses regardless of industry or size.

The scheme is open to all UK employers that had a PAYE scheme in place on 28 February 2020.

Any organisation with employees can apply, including charities, recruitment agencies and public authorities; however, the government does not expect public sector employers to use it as long as central government continues funding wage costs in the normal way.  With agency employees, the scheme is only available for agency employees who are not working.

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Coronavirus FAQs

This update is based on our knowledge at the time of writing (23 March 2020). 

Our phones are ringing with various questions on Coronavirus.  We’ve put together a note answering some of the regular questions.   Please note that the government continue to make announcements and changes.  The Coronavirus amendments to the SSP Regulations have been changed twice since last Friday when they were published.

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Changes to Employment Law from April 2020

April brings with it the usual annual increases to the national minimum wage and statutory pay for family-friendly leave and sickness absence. But the effects of Good Work: the Taylor review of modern working practices, published in 2017, are still being felt and changes are being introduced to protect vulnerable workers in increasingly flexible business models.

Changes to IR35 tax rules are also expected along with the introduction of the right to parental bereavement leave. A raft of measures designed to protect vulnerable workers also come into force.

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Coronavirus – Updated Guidance for Employers (17 March 2020)

Information about the Virus

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

The NHS website has more information about how coronavirus is spread and answers common questions asked.

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Coronavirus: Guidance for employers (as at 3 March 2020)

Information about the Virus

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

The NHS website has more information about how coronavirus is spread and answers common questions asked.

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