If employers were reading the newspapers at the beginning of last week, they could have been forgiven for expecting a major shift in the Government’s approach to dealing with the coronavirus, if not quite a return to “normal”.
Recent seizures of fake medical supplies being marketed as protection against COVID-19 underscore the need to address a growing international trade in counterfeit pharmaceuticals that is costing billions of pounds a year and putting lives at risk.
Early evidence shows that the current pandemic is causing international trade to collapse, threatening access to goods and critical supplies as countries adopt radical measures which put transport systems and supply lines under tremendous stress.
The proposed trade agreement with the United States that featured so prominently during the Brexit debate has moved a step closer to reality with the launch of the first round of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations.
The Government has had to react to the health and employment problems caused by the COVID-19 crisis with unprecedented speed and new initiatives seem to have been almost a daily occurrence in recent weeks.
UK Export Finance (UKEF) helps UK companies of all sizes and in all sectors to export by enabling them to win business, perform contracts and get paid through a variety of guarantee, lending and insurance products.
Trade unions and employer organisations have been asked for their views on a draft Government plan setting out how and when anti-coronavirus restrictions can be relaxed so that more people can return to work.
The Government guidance for employers on the Job Retention Scheme has been updated as of 15 April 2020. Eligibility for the Scheme has changed and the key date for eligibility is now 19 March 2020 instead of 28 February 2020.