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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

Changes to the Furlough Scheme - New Deadlines & Increased Employer Contributions

The current Furlough Scheme meets 80% of wage costs, but from August the government contributions will decrease each month and employer contributions will be increased to meet the 80% wage costs, before the Scheme finally closes at the end of October. The current Furlough Scheme will close to all new entrants from 30 June 2020. Employers who want to register new entrants to the old Furlough Scheme will need to do so by 10 June 2020. Open from 1 July 2020, the New Flexible Furlough Scheme gives employers greater flexibility to bring staff back on a part-time basis but still get government support. So, if you can only bring employees back for 2 days per week, the Scheme will reimburse you for the 3 days where no work is available. Only those employees who have been registered under the current Furlough Scheme can be transferred over to this new Flexible Furlough Scheme. Read more

Coronavirus SSP Rebate Scheme - Learn How to Make Your First Claims

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme opened for online claims from Tuesday 26 May 2020. This government Scheme is for employers who had a PAYE scheme on or before 28 February 2020 and less than 250 employees before this date. The... Read more