What happens if my employees have to self-isolate following contact tracing?

Following the launch of the Government’s contact tracing system, employers should be prepared for the possibility of multiple employees being required to self-isolate if one employee from the workplace tests positive for Coronavirus. This means it is vital that employers are aware of the arrangements concerning Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) and self-isolation. Changes to the regulations that were implemented after the outbreak hit the UK

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Coronavirus Future Fund opens to applications

The Future Fund, which offers convertible loans of between £125,000 and £5 million to innovative companies facing financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has opened. The fund is designed to support UK-based companies that have acquired at least equal match funding from private investors. Aimed specifically at businesses that typically rely on equity investment, the fund is a lifeline for firms that

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Changes to notifying an option to tax (VAT) on land and buildings during the Coronavirus pandemic

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has made temporary changes to the time limit and rules for notifying an option to tax (charge VAT on) land and buildings. Normally, when notifying HMRC of a decision to opt to tax land and buildings, you usually have 30 days to contact the tax authority either by printing and sending a notification, signed by an authorised person within the

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Money laundering supervision payment deferrals and deregistration announced by HM Revenue & Customs

Businesses that require money laundering supervision from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) can receive a six-month payment deferral or deregistration where an annual fee is due between 1 May and 30 September 2020, it has been announced. HMRC is the money laundering supervisory authority for: money service businesses not supervised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) high value dealers trust or company service providers not

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Tax treatment of expenses and benefits during COVID-19

The Government has updated its guidance on taxable expenses and benefits when they are paid to employees during the Coronavirus crisis and how employers should report them to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). The new guidance provided relates to income tax treatment only and not National Insurance Contributions, which may vary depending on the individual benefit or expense. To help you understand how these changes

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Temporary tax freeze on home office expenditure announced

The Government has announced a temporary tax and National Insurance Contribution (NIC) exemption that ensures that home office equipment purchased by employees, where reimbursed by the employer, does not attract tax or NICs. Jesse Norman, financial secretary to the Treasury, announced in a statement to the House of Commons that the temporary exemption will affect expenses from 16 March 2020 (the day the Government asked

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Maximum Government-backed loan amount for larger businesses increased to £200 million

The Government has announced an increase in the maximum amount that larger businesses can borrow under the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) from £50 million to £200 million. CLBILS loans are offered on normal commercial terms, but are backed by a Government guarantee worth 80 per cent of the amount borrowed. They can be accessed through the 12 accredited lenders for the scheme

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Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme set to open for claims

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (CSSPRS), announced by the Chancellor at the Budget, is set to open for claims from Tuesday 26 May 2020, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has said. The scheme enables employers with up to 250 employees to claim the cost of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) related to Coronavirus, as long as they had a PAYE payroll scheme created and

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) extended until October

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will be extended until the end of October, with no changes until the end of July when employers currently using the scheme will be able to bring back furloughed employees part time. From August, the Government has said that furloughed workers will continue to receive 80 per cent of their usual salaries

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“Covid Secure” practical workplace guidance for employers

The Covid Secure guidance published by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (DBEIS), covers workplaces that can re-open this week, as well as some the Government hopes will reopen on 1 June 2020: Construction and outdoor work Factories, plants and warehouses Homes Labs and research facilities Offices and contact centres Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery Shops and branches Vehicles DBEIS says that the

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