Coronavirus, self-isolation and sick pay

19 May 2020

Setting out his action plan to tackle the spread of coronavirus, on 4 March, in the Commons, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that emergency legislation would be introduced to ensure that workers will get statutory sick pay (SSP) from the first day off work, not the fourth.

Who are the key workers whose children can still go to school?

6 April 2020

When it was announced that schools were to close (see England schools to shut until further notice), there was a rider to the effect that the children of key workers and the most vulnerable children would still be able to attend on Monday 23 March.

Are employers ready for a pandemic?

17 March 2020

The Government has warned that “many thousands of people” — up to 80% of the population in a worst-case scenario — will contract COVID-19.

Self-isolate with a persistent cough or fever

17 March 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that the Government is moving to the “delay” or suppression phase in the fight against COVID-19, hoping to push it away from the winter season when pressures on the NHS are more acute.

Help for businesses affected by coronavirus

12 March 2020

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has a set up a phone helpline to support businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

A virus-beating Budget

11 March 2020

As was widely expected, Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s first Budget had at its heart the need to respond to the significant, if, as he stressed, temporary impact on people and the economy of the current coronavirus outbreak.

Making sure workers are paid correctly for holiday leave

9 March 2020

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched a new campaign to remind workers of their right to paid holiday leave and to ensure that employers check their staff are taking the leave to which they are entitled.