Furlough and the Job Retention Scheme Q&As

5 August 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.

The £1000 Job Retention Bonus — FAQs

4 August 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. These FAQs are written based on the guidance published by the Government on 31 July 2020. More information is set to be released in September 2020.

Importing and exporting – the post-transition EU Border

4 August 2020

The UK government has issued guidance on how to manage imports and exports following the end of the transitional period of leaving the EU. The transitional period ends on 31 December 2020 and the new rules come into effect on 1 January 2021. It should be noted that this guidance does not apply to goods moved from and to Northern Ireland, as Northern Ireland has its own protocol. Hence, this article will refer to Great Britain (GB) rather than the UK.

Water shortages predicted within 20 years — tackling the problem

4 August 2020

It is predicted that parts of the country are likely to run out of water within the next 20 years unless urgent action is taken to improve water infrastructure, reduce demand and fix the leaks. In this article, John Barwise reviews a damming report on the collective failure of the Government, the water companies and the regulators to manage England’s precious water resources, and highlights what needs to be done to avoid future shortages.

Flexible Furlough under the Job Retention Scheme

4 August 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.

Coronavirus in care settings

4 August 2020

What is coronavirus and what can care providers do to keep their service users and staff safe? This article provides a round-up of essential information for care settings, including PPE, testing, high-risk individuals, visiting and social distancing.

Horizon scanning

3 August 2020

Caroline Raine discusses how companies can keep up to date with chemical regulations and the impacts that are specific to the chemicals used within their business.

Economic struggle, financial standing and obligations to the Traffic Commissioner

3 August 2020

The consequences of Covid-19 have hit the passenger road transport industry particularly hard and, realistically, it is likely to be several more months before private hire passenger transport — the football match away-day, the London theatre day-trip, the Swiss Alps skiing tour — is back to what it was. Whether the impact of a financial hit is terminal or survivable, it is important that operators continue to comply with their O-licence undertakings: failing to do so could be fatal to the chances of remaining in — or returning to — the industry. Pellys Transport and Regulatory Law looks at the obligations to the Traffic Commissioner regarding the financial standing requirement and the best course of action during financial struggles.

Covid Secure: working safely in factories, plants and warehouses

3 August 2020

As businesses look to re-open following lockdown, the UK Government has published a set of guidance documents to assist a range of workplaces with advice on establishing safe operations. Gordon Tranter considers the updated advice given to people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses.

Safer ventilation at work — airborne transmission of the virus

3 August 2020

Airborne transmission of the Covid-19 virus is revealed to be more of a threat than initially thought, highlighting the need for effective ventilation and air conditioning systems in our workplaces. Vicky Powell examines the latest specialist advice on how to mitigate the threat of the airborne coronavirus.