Employment Alert – New COVID-19 restrictions
|COVID-19 – Breaking News: ‘Home-working encouraged’
The Government yesterday announced a raft of new coronavirus restrictions for England.
Of particular interest to employers across all sectors, is the request for office workers to work from home, if possible. Earlier this month, the Government (supported by a publicity campaign) had of course encouraged employees to return to the office.
The Government have since provided the following updated detail:
Furthermore, the Government have announced that ‘businesses and organisations will face stricter rules to make their premises COVID Secure (from 28 September)’:
Other measures, potentially affecting certain sector workplaces include that:
The Government’s full summary of changes can be found here.
The Government expects the measures to remain in place ‘until March’.
Job Retention/Bonus Scheme
By way of reminder, the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS) is due to close on 31st October. Current JRS payment contributions (which are subject to specific rules found here) are as follows:
As previously announced, the Government’s ‘Job Retention Bonus’ scheme will pay £1,000 per employee who has been brought back to work from furlough leave and is continuously employed through to 31 January 2021. To qualify, the returning employee must be paid an average of £520 each month between 1st November 2020 and the end of 31 January 2021.
The Government is facing pressure from industry groups to replace the JRS, with more targeted schemes to continue support for payrolls/employment. As yet, no measures have been announced. We will send further updates, if that position changes.
The Employment team at Kerman & Co are assisting employers across all industries during this time, including in relation to furlough leave and workforce changes/planning. Please do call or email us, if you have any questions or require assistance.
This article is provided for general informational purposes only. Although every effort has been made to ensure that information in this article is accurate, it does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied on as such. In case you require any legal advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.