Category Archives: Government reforms

Coronavirus (Covid-19): Beyond furlough – Job retention bonus scheme

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What do we already know? We updated you in our July and August Newsletter Coronavirus (COVID-19): Beyond furlough – A plan for jobs that the Government has introduced several measures designed to assist the economy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Job Retention Bonus scheme. What’s new? We update you on further…
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The Government’s new Kickstarter Scheme

The government has just launched what it is calling its Kickstarter Scheme, aimed at creating 6 month-long work placements for young people on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment.   The idea is that the skills and experience they will develop will get them into work once they complete the scheme. Funding is…
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Collective redundancy: Government guidance and HR1 form

The Government has published an updated HR1 form (available here) for employers to notify the Secretary of State of their intention to make 20 or more employees redundant within a period of 90 days or less. The new form is intended to be shorter and more straightforward to complete. The Government has also updated the…
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Coronavirus (Covid-19): Returning from abroad – self isolation guidance

The Government has published new guidance (available here) for employers and employees on the rules relating to self-isolation after returning to the UK. The guidance covers those who are returning from a country without an ‘air-bridge’ (i.e. a quarantine exemption).  For the list of those countries with air-bridges see here. The list is continuously updated with…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – All things furlough (again!)

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What do we already know? As explained in our April Newsletter All Things Furlough – FAQS and what we know so far, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (‘CJRS’) has been a temporary scheme funded by the Government to create an alternative to implementing redundancies, lay-offs, unpaid leave or other measures employers might otherwise need to…
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Government Reforms (1): Public sector exit payments – CAPS LOCK ON…

What do we already know? We updated you in our October 2015 Newsletter Government reforms (1): Cap on exit payments and May 2019 Newsletter Government Reforms (1): Public Sector Exit Payments – CAPS LOCK ON… that the Government proposed that exit payments to public sector workers should be capped at £95,000 (which include pay in lieu…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19):  Safe workplace & well-being guidance

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1. Safe Workplace: A toolkit (available here) has been published to help employers create a safe workplace for employees to return to when offices re-open.  The toolkit has been compiled by the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM), with input from several national organisations including ACAS, CIPD and MIND. The toolkit complies with the directions and…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19):  Updated guidance on returning to the workplace

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What do we already know? We updated you in our June 2020 Newsletter Coronavirus (COVID-19): Returning to the workplace that the Government had issued workplace-specific guides on working safely during the Coronavirus pandemic. What’s new? As businesses continue to re-open their offices, the Government has updated their workplace guides (available here) to enable employers to operate…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Beyond furlough; ‘A Plan for Jobs’

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On 8 July 2020 the Government introduced “A Plan for Jobs” (see here).  This included several measures designed to assist the economy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst we await written guidance and specific detail on the schemes (which is due to be announced by the end of July), we’ve highlighted below some…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – All things furlough (again!)

definition of furlough
What do we already know? As explained in our April Newsletter All Things Furlough – FAQS and what we know so far the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (‘CJRS’) is a temporary scheme funded by the Government to create an alternative to implementing redundancies, lay-offs, unpaid leave or other measures employers might otherwise need to instigate…
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