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Furlough Scheme Extended Until 2 December 2020

Amid mounting pressure over the rapid increase of coronavirus infections, stricter new measures will come into force across the whole of England from the morning of Thursday 5 November, lasting until at least Wednesday 2 December 2020. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough Scheme) has now been extended from 31 October until at least 2 December 2020. Rates will be the same as August 2020 with the government to pay up to 80% of an eligible employee’s normal pay, capped at £2,500 with employers responsible for NICs and pension contributions. Employers can choose to top up an employee’s salary to 100%, but do not have to. Eligible employees widened to include those on the PAYE on or before 30 October 2020. As the furlough scheme was due to be replaced by the JSS from the 1 November, the JSS will now be launched once the government advises that the extended furlough scheme has closed. Read more

3-Tier Lockdown Guide and Financial Support For Businesses

  Amid mounting alarm over COVID infection rates, a new three-tier Covid alert system came into force from 14 October 2020. Under the new Covid alert system, areas of the country will be categorised as Tier 1 - Medium, Tier 2 - High... Read more

Latest Coronavirus Guide for Employers

To support businesses during this national crisis this dedicated employers area will provide businesses with the latest national updates on COVID-19, the financial support measures introduced by the government and details of the new regulations released in response to this crisis. Here you will also find a range of free downloads for managing COVID-19 at work including furlough templates and FAQs, letters for employees, homeworking policies, contingency plans, workplace checklists and coronavirus FAQs. Read more

Job Support Scheme Expansion For Closed Businesses

The government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) has been expanded to provide a higher level of support for businesses legally required to temporarily close due to local or national coronavirus restrictions.  From 1 November 2020 -... Read more