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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ‘Furlough Leave’ Rule Updates and Pending Changes


Introduction
 
The CJRS was creates to assist businesses suffering a detriment due to the global pandemic.
The current rules published when the scheme was first created will apply until the 30 June 2020.
 
·      Employees and workers employed and noted on the businesses real time information (RTI) payroll submissions as at the 28 February or 19 March 2020 would qualify for furlough leave.
·      Staff can not work whilst furloughed (they can complete training);

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Revised 1/7/2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is being revised from 1 July 2020. 

The key amendments are as outlined below: New entrants to the scheme must be furloughed no later than 10 June.
 
June 80% & £2,500 paid by the government for furloughed staff and the government covers NI & pension.

July 80% & £2,500 paid by the government for furloughed staff and the government covers NI & pension.

August 80% & £2,500 paid by the government for furloughed staff and the Company must cover Er NI & pension.

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

Government launches Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

On 26 May the government launched its Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme, which allows employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The rebate scheme was initially announced at the 2020 Budget as part of a package of support measures designed to help businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. It will allow small and medium-sized employers to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related SSP.

How To Wok From Home Effectively


With working from home becoming the norm due to the recent COVID19 outbreak, we at Harries HR suggest some top tips for staying motivated and productive while self-isolating.


Tip 1- Create a clearly defined work space. This can be set up at the start of your working day on your kitchen table or in a designated area of your living room. Try to keep in mind display screen equipment (DSE) workstation recommendations when creating your work area to minimise repetitive strain or other injuries.


Tip 2– Prepare a to do list with key tasks for completion every day.

COVID19 Support & Benefits Package Information



There is so much information dotted around about the support available further to the Coronavirus pandemic. Below is a summary and links to gain further details for your particular situation. 

Business Rates:

  • Retail, hospitality and leisure industries – no rates for 20-21.

  • Do nothing, you will be contacted by your local council.

  • Retail, hospitality and leisure industries – cash grants.

  • Rateable value up to £15000 - £10000 grant

  • Rateable value between £15001 and £51000 - £25000 grant

COVID-19 - The Employers Duties & Obligations

COVID-19, The Employers duties and obligations in respect of the Coronavirus
 
The current hot topic of discussion dominating the news is the Coronavirus. But what do employers need to consider and prepare for in the event of an employee or worker traveling to and from a specified area, contracting the virus or is suspected of having the virus?
 
Under the duty to ensure the health and safety of employees and to provide a safe place and system of work employers have the responsibility to seriously assess the risks associated with the spread of the virus.

TWO (2) WEEKS TO BREXIT

With the deadline to Brexit swiftly approaching many of our clients are asking… 

“What affect will this have on EU nationals currently working in the UK?”

The UK as we all know is due to leave the EU on the 31 January 2020, and now that the withdrawal Bill has passed a vote in the House of Commons it is now very likely that the UKWILLindeed leave the EU on the 31/01/2020. 

There is a transition period in place which ends on the 31 December 2020.   So, what does this mean for our EU workers?

IR35 Explained

IR35 relates to the situation where a worker (example a contractor, freelancer or consultant) supplies their services to a Company via an intermediary (i.e. the individual's own personal service company).

IR35 is also known as the off-payroll working rules and the intermediaries legislation.
"IR35" refers to the number of the original HM Revenue and Customs press statement about the rules.

The IR35 rules are aimed at preventing tax avoidance where a worker is engaged through an intermediary.

2020 Employment Law Update (Practical HR)


The HR round up for 2019.... and what's to come for 2020!

2018 brought us some fundamental employment law changes and 2019 has been no different.

In 2018 we saw changes to occupational pensions revaluation rate, national minimum wage rises, increases to SSP, SMP and all family related pay rates and a change to tax treatment of payments made in lieu of notice. But one of the most talked about changes was the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 which came into force on the 25th May 2018.

Inter-office Relationships



The phenomenon that isBODYGUARDcharting the relationship between a personal protection officer (PPO) David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague raises some key HR questions about personal relationships within the workplace.
 
In the situation between Budd and Montague, the main challenge and concern is not just due to Montague’s profile and important position within the government; but also due to her seniority.
 
It is vital that Organisations have a clear code of conduct policy in place covering relationships at work.