Coronavirus, self-isolation and sick pay

30 March 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.

Chancellor stands behind firms as more forced to close

23 March 2020

In what he described as an unprecedented economic intervention, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a package of measures to protect people’s jobs, to offer more generous support to those who are without employment and to strengthen the safety net for those who work for themselves.

Pressure grows for changes to sick pay rules

23 March 2020

Recent announcements by the Prime Minister and the Chancellor with regard to people working from home and avoiding public venues have led to a growing number of demands for more information about how employers and their staff are expected to deal with these situations.

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.

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.

New retention scheme for London’s bus drivers

20 February 2020

Around 20,000 London bus drivers would receive a retention payment of up to £1600 as part of plans to ensure the capital’s transport network continues to be served by a skilled and highly dedicated workforce, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced.