The £1000 Job Retention Bonus — FAQs

13 October 2020

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, released his “Plan for Jobs” on 8 July 2020 to set out how the Government will support economic recovery in the UK. One of the elements included was a new Job Retention Bonus (JRB) to provide additional support to employers who keep on their furloughed employees in meaningful employment, after the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends on 31 October 2020.

Flexible Furlough under the Job Retention Scheme

12 October 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been in place since March 2020 in order to assist employers who could not maintain their workforce because their operations have been affected by coronavirus. The mechanics of furloughing employees under the scheme until 10 June 2020 are covered in our separate FAQs “Furlough and the Job Retention Scheme”. These FAQs deal with the mechanics of flexible furlough which is in place from 1 July 2020.

Managing colds and flu at work during the pandemic

12 October 2020

As autumn sets in, employers and workers in the UK will, as usual, be anticipating seasonal colds and flu. However, this year’s winter flu season will pose some unique challenges — not least due to the extensive overlap in the symptoms of seasonal colds and the coronavirus. Vicky Powell looks at how best to manage seasonal flu and colds at work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Furlough and the Job Retention Scheme Q&As

12 October 2020

FAQs on furlough and the Government’s Job Retention Scheme which aims to provide employers with an alternative to redundancies. This information is being continually checked and updated where necessary where Government guidance changes.

Government Coronavirus aid for business

12 October 2020

There are a number of schemes that the government is providing to help businesses during the coronavirus crisis. Some schemes are coming to an end, whilst new support is also being introduced. This is a summation of the main schemes that are available.

Brexit and changes to chemical compliance

9 October 2020

Caroline Raine discusses developments in the chemical industry in relation to Brexit and explains what the UK has planned for chemical compliance post 31 December 2020.

New targets — a good start for Defra?

9 October 2020

In a move welcomed by green groups as “a good start”, Defra published proposals to set legally-binding environmental targets for England, to be achieved by 2030. These will be in the areas of air quality, water quality and management, waste and resources, and biodiversity. In this article, Caroline Hand focuses on the areas of most relevance to business.

Inspectors spot check Bolton and Trafford

7 October 2020

HSE is targeting workplaces across Bolton and Trafford with spot inspections to ensure they are following Covid-secure guidelines following a rise in coronavirus cases in the area.