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Your Guide to the Latest Government Changes

  On Tuesday September 23rd, the Prime Minister announced a new range of measures aimed at reducing the virus reproduction rate to a point where the epidemic is no longer growing. Over the last fortnight hospital admissions have doubled and... Read more

Your Quick Guide to the Kickstart Scheme

Kickstart is the new £2 billion government scheme opened 2 September 2020 to create thousands of 6-month job placements for 16 - 24 year olds working a minimum of 25 hours per week and will run until December 2021. The government will fund 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage, NI and pension contributions for each work placement for a minimum of 25 hours a week. £1,500 additional funds are also available per job placement for setup costs, support and training. The Scheme is open for applications from businesses of all sizes throughout England, Scotland and Wales. The first Kickstarts are expected to begin at the start of November and the Scheme will run until December 2021 with the possibility of a further extension. Scheme applications must be for a minimum of 30 placements. For employers with fewer placements, they can partner with HR:4UK or other organisations to create a pool of work placements to meet the minimum 30 required. Contact us for more information. Read more

Quarantine Rules & Staff Payment Options

An all too familiar term now, travel corridors describes a list of those countries and territories which are exempt from quarantine when arriving from or returning to the UK. Countries that exhibit high rates of COVID-19 cases are rapidly excluded from this list. Travellers who have visited or made a transit stop in any of these excluded countries, are required to immediately quarantine themselves upon their return to the UK, by self-isolating for 14 days. Read more

Working in the Heatwave

  The UK is currently experiencing a heatwave with temperatures expected to reach 97F (36C) today and continue until as far as Thursday. This is perfect weather for holiday makers but not so good for staff without air-con, as they struggle... Read more