The Job Retention Scheme and Job Support Scheme: what’s the difference?

12 October 2020

On 24 September 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the new Job Support Scheme, aimed at helping businesses retain staff over the coming months and serve as a replacement to the Job Retention (furlough) Scheme. Ben McCarthy, lead researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, explores key differences between these two schemes below. This article has been updated to incorporate the several changes to the scheme from that which was originally announced.

Country Profile — Japan

7 October 2020

One of the world’s largest, wealthiest and most advanced markets, Japan is keen and ready to do more business with the UK.

How to guide for flexible furlough from July 2020

7 October 2020

This guide provides practical guidance for managing the flexible furlough arrangement under the Job Retention Scheme. This information is being continually checked and updated where necessary where Government guidance changes.

Covid Secure: working safely in offices and contact centres

5 October 2020

As British employers and workers continue to navigate the Covid-19 crisis, the Government is regularly updating its advice to ensure that employers, workers and the self-employed work safely during the pandemic. Vicky Powell looks at some of the key points for working safely in offices, contact centres and similar working spaces.

EU exit transition watch — the final countdown

1 October 2020

A trade deal with the EU after completing Brexit was going to be the easiest ever, leave-supporting politicians promised. As the UK was already aligned with all EU rules and standards, it could be “completed in an afternoon”. The problem that they either did not foresee, or neglected to mention, was that their insistence on “taking back control” would mean the right to diverge from exactly those rules and standards and that would not meet the EU’s requirements for trading on a level playing field.

Furlough Scheme: the changing structure

30 September 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough scheme) was put in place to support employers who were not able to operate as normal due to the pandemic.

Re-opening the workplace after lockdown — part 1

26 September 2020

On Sunday 10 May 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that he had been working on guidance for employers in England on how workplaces can remain COVID-19 secure. This guidance was released on Monday 11 May 2020 as eight documents, each covering different sectors. There are some commonalities covering every sector.

Re-opening the workplace after lockdown — part 2

26 September 2020

On 22 September 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that office workers should once again be able to work from home if they can in England – this default position had remained the same in Scotland and Wales. Generally, priority for employers in England is now likely to be implementing homeworking again. For more information on his announcement, see our What’s New item