Updated guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable

22 December 2020

Following the Government’s decision to introduce new Tier 4 restrictions from 20 December (see GB Governments introduce tougher rules now and at Christmas), it has produced further guidance for the most vulnerable people in these areas.

Chancellor extends furlough and loan schemes

17 December 2020

Saying that he was aiming to provide certainty for millions of jobs and businesses, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the furlough scheme is to be extended until the end of April 2021 with the Government continuing to contribute 80% towards wages.

Covid-19, work-related stress and mental health survey

15 December 2020

To help improve its understanding of the impact that the coronavirus is having on employers and workers, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is carrying out two surveys regarding the impact of Covid-19 on work-related stress and mental health.

Health Secretary calms fears over new coronavirus strain

15 December 2020

Addressing the House of Commons about plans to move London and parts of the South East into the strictest level of coronavirus rules (tier 3), Health Secretary Matt Hancock also reported that a new variant of coronavirus has been identified.

Statutory maternity, etc pay rates for 2021/22

9 December 2020

The Government has announced its proposed rates for statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, parental bereavement and shared parental payments from April 2021 (policy paper is here).