Government extends further support to businesses affected by COVID-19

Under increasing pressure from business groups, local authority leaders and the public, the Government has decided to extend several of its existing support measures to help businesses across the UK – regardless of whether they are forced to close or remain open. Speaking to Parliament, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced three new steps that he claimed would help businesses and communities through the “difficult days

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Government issues new guidance on the Job Retention Bonus

Employers will be able to apply for the Job Retention Bonus (JRB) between 15 February 2021 and 31 March 2021. This one-off taxable payment to employers offers £1,000 for each eligible employee that was furloughed and kept continuously employed until 31 January 2021. Any employer can submit a claim, as long as they have furloughed employees and made an eligible claim for them through the

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Download the Government’s guide to the Job Support Scheme

Many businesses have welcomed the news that the Government will introduce a new scheme to support them with their employment costs once the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends. The new Job Support Scheme will launch on 1 November 2020 and is designed to support viable jobs by subsidising the wage costs for staff working reduced hours until April 2021. To help businesses understand the new

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Chancellor announces new Job Support Scheme and package of business support measures

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced a new job protection scheme and a range of new business support measures. Announcing his Winter Economy Plan at a hastily arranged statement in the House of Commons, Mr Sunak said: “Our task now is to move to the next stage of our economic plan, nurturing the recovery by protecting jobs through the difficult winter months.” The statement came

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HMRC sends thousands of letters to employers for ‘incorrect’ CJRS claims

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has been writing to thousands of employers, asking them to review the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims they have already made for errors – often without specifying what is wrong with the claim or indicating which claim is incorrect.  The tax authority estimates that as many as 10 per cent of claims either contain errors or are fraudulent and

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Government reinstates advice to work from home ‘if you can’

The Prime Minister has reinstated the advice for people to work from home if they can, following an increase in the incidence of Coronavirus in recent weeks. The advice, which was first issued in March 2020, was withdrawn at the beginning of August, with people encouraged to return to city centre offices as part of an effort to bolster businesses, such as shops, cafes and

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Government introduces legal duty to self-isolate, with big penalties for employers that prevent staff from following the rules

Speaking in the House of Commons, the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has announced a legal duty to self-isolate for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace. People who fail to comply with this requirement will risk fines of up to £10,000 in cases of repeated offences or the most severe breaches. The new measures

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Hospitality industry faces new restrictions to curb second wave

In recent weeks, many businesses within the hospitality sector have been enjoying a relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions. However, from 24 September 2020 pubs, bars and restaurants will have to close at 10pm, as part of the Government’s attempts to limit a second wave of Coronavirus infection. The same measures apply to takeaways, however, deliveries will be permitted to operate past this curfew. Hospitality venues will

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Government to reinforce COVID Secure guidance with new direct legal obligations

To ensure workplaces that remain open prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the Government will introduce a direct legal obligation for businesses in England that requires them to follow the latest guidance to the letter. During his speech to Parliament on the new measures, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said that businesses could face fines and potential closure if they were found to be in breach

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