December 2020 – New Minimum Wage Rates & Furlough Claim Deadlines

Employment Update for Small Businesses December 2020 Dear Subscriber I would like to wish all subscribers a very merry Christmas (well as merry as it can be in the circumstances) and let’s hope the New Year is a lot better than the old one! This month we report on the forthcoming changes to the age…

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November 2020 – New Furlough Scheme

  Employment Update for Small Businesses November 2020 Dear Subscriber The Job Retention Scheme (Furlough Scheme) ended yesterday (31st October) and the new Job Support Scheme (JSS) was supposed to start today. However, the Government has now announced that the Furlough Scheme is to be extended to December on an enhanced basis and the JSS…

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October 2020 – Job Support Scheme

Employment Update for Small Businesses October 2020 Dear Subscriber As we enter the last month of the Government’s Job Retention Scheme (the Furlough Scheme), we consider what we know so far about the new Job Support Scheme, that starts from 1st November.  We also have an update on a few other items related to COVID…

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September 2020 – Joys of Zoom & Planning for the end of Furlough

  Employment Update for Small Businesses September 2020 Dear Subscriber Many of us have learnt to work very differently since March, when we first went into lockdown, with video conferencing becoming something that we have become much more familiar with. We have found it works remarkably well when dealing with HR matters, and in this…

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August 2020 – SSP & Quarantine. Redundancy Procedures

  Employment Update for Small Businesses August 2020 Dear Subscriber This month, we provide clarification about SSP and when it is payable in connection with employees who are required to self-isolate.  Also, as we approach the last few months of the furlough scheme, many of you will need to consider whether you are going to…

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June 2020 – New Furlough Scheme and HR Implications

  Employment Update for Small Businesses June 2020 Dear Subscriber This month’s update is all about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, commonly referred to as the Furlough Scheme, now that Furlough is very definitely the word of 2020 (at least in HR circles!)  The new Scheme was announced on Friday and further details have been…

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May 2020 – Planning Redundancies & The Furlough Scheme

  Employment Update for Small Businesses May 2020 Dear Subscriber As lock down and furlough are now fully embedded, I am afraid I am turning my thoughts this month to redundancy, as many employers have already started planning for a reduced workforce once the restrictions start to ease and business can resume. I also have…

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April 2020 – Updated Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

  Employment Update for Small Businesses April 2020 Dear Subscriber HMRC have just updated their guidance relating to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for Furloughed Workers. It clarifies a few points but the question of employees taking holiday whilst on furlough still remains unanswered. Don’t forget also, that National Minimum and Living Wage rates have gone up…

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March 2020 – Employment Law Changes April 2020 & Coronavirus Guidance

Employment Update for Small Businesses March 2020 Dear Subscriber We have a number of changes taking effect at the start of April as I reported last month, so this newsletter provides a reminder of the changes and further details. Also, I have touched on the hot potato that is Coronavirus and the impact on employers.…

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February 2020 – Post Brexit – right to work in the UK

  Employment Update for Small Businesses February 2020 Dear Subscriber You may have noticed that February’s newsletter is a little early.  There are two reasons for that: 1. I am on holiday next week, the first week of February (yes, in the EU!) and 2. I want to tell you about what happens in terms…

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