March 30, 2020

COVID19 – Job Retention Scheme FAQs

On Friday 20th March 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak set out a package of temporary measures to support UK businesses through this period of disruption caused by the COVID-19 / Coronavirus outbreak. One of those packages announced was the Job Retention Scheme, which is a scheme to support employees during the pandemic. This document sets out…

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COVID-19 School Closures | Key issues for Employers

Schools (including sixth form colleges and pre-school settings) are closed for the foreseeable future for 90% of pupils. Schools were becoming a major conduit for the coronavirus and now only children of key workers, or children deemed ‘vulnerable’ are to attend. The closures also apply to much pre-school provision. Pressure is on to minimise children…

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COVID-19: My Employees Can’t Work From Home

What can you do when your employees can’t work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic? Keep reading to find out.  Millions of people are transitioning to homeworking and battling with IT systems and collaboration apps. We’re also getting used to this new routine of remote working. But for many managers and employees, switching to homeworking…

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March 27, 2020

COVID-19: Provision for Emergency Volunteers

While media attention has, understandably, been on the policing powers in the Coronavirus 2020 Act, which is being rushed through Parliament, it’s worth looking carefully at how the provisions for emergency volunteering will impact employers. People have been signing up in huge numbers to volunteer with the NHS and we can now see how the…

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March 26, 2020

The Future of Homeworking: Longer Term Planning

Vast swathes of the working population are now working on laptops from home. In some cases, multiple family members, working for different companies, are sharing the same kitchen table. The current Public Health crisis has resulted in many businesses implementing or reviewing Business Continuity Plans. As part of this, businesses have had to consider a…

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FAQs: Statutory Sick Pay for Coronavirus / COVID-19

The Department for Work and Pensions confirmed that  Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) will be paid to all qualifying employees from day one for Covid-19 / Coronavirus related sickness, including self-isolating. This took effect from 13 March 2020 and the measure will last for at least eight months. The emergency legislation (2020 no 287) was passed…

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March 25, 2020

A Message from Anthony Vollmer (Managing Director)

CONTINUING TO PROVIDE EXPERT PAYROLL & HR​ I know that COVID-19 will be posing many challenges for you and your business and I would like to reassure you that supporting our customers through this turbulent time is our highest priority. Below you’ll find a quick summary of the steps that we are taking to ensure…

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March 24, 2020

Redundancy: a Brief Guide

Redundancies may occur when businesses wish to improve efficiencies, or ride out tough times and periods of slow growth. But what exactly is redundancy? And what do businesses need to consider when carrying out the redundancy process? Read our brief guide to redundancy to find out. What is redundancy? Redundancy is the termination of employment…

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March 23, 2020

COVID-19 / Coronavirus: Five ways the Government are Supporting Businesses

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set out a package of temporary measures to support UK businesses through this period of disruption caused by the COVID-19 / Coronavirus outbreak. We’ve outlined some of the main Coronavirus Government business support and you can also find more information and guidance on the gov.uk website. 1. COVID-19 / Coronavirus Job…

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March 20, 2020

Statutory Sick Pay and Salary Guarantee for COVID-19

20.03.20 UPDATE STATUTORY SICK PAY (SSP) & SALARY GUARANTEE FOR COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS  The government response to COVID-19 / Coronavirus continues to develop at pace and as a business we remain focussed on delivering the exact same service you would normally receive. We would like to specifically update you on statutory sick pay (SSP) for COVID-19 / Coronavirus…

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What are Lay-offs and Short-time Working?

Lay-offs and short-time working are options employers may choose to take when there’s a shortage of work. They allow businesses to retain their workforce for a while, in the hope that work picks up again soon.   COVID-19 Important Note: The COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme allows all UK employers to access financial support to continue paying…

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COVID-19 Coronavirus FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the Coronavirus COVID-19 (FAQ). Q1 – Where do I find guidance around the possibility of closing an office or construction site, in the case of a positive test result?  The current advice is that workplaces do not require to be closed. Even when a known infection has occurred in a workplace the current Government…

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