Phased wider opening of schools, colleges and nurseries

12 May 2020

In its recently published plan for moving the country forward out of lockdown (see “Government publishes its COVID-19 recovery strategy”), the Government referred to a phased return to school for some pupils beginning no earlier than 1 June.

Government puts cash behind getting people to bike to work

12 May 2020

When the Prime Minister addressed the nation on the way out of the current lockdown, he left a lot of detail to be explained later but was clear on one aspect — the use of public transport in the near future must be severely curtailed.

Government publishes its COVID-19 recovery strategy

12 May 2020

When Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to the nation on Sunday evening (see “Prime Minister sets out cautious and conditional plan”) there was some criticism that his description of the way out of lockdown lacked clarity and detail.

Government issues guides to working safely during COVID-19

12 May 2020

In its plan for gradually moving the country out of lockdown (see “Government publishes its COVID-19 recovery strategy”), the Government mentioned that it would be producing guides to help employers, employees and the self-employed to work safely during the pandemic.

Furlough scheme portal now open

12 May 2020

Please note that on 12 May 2020, it was announced that the Job Retention Scheme has been extended until the end of October. From August, the Scheme is likely to run slightly differently to allow the sharing of wage costs between the employer and the Government where employees are brought back to work on a part-time basis.

Employers’ guide to furlough for apprentices

12 May 2020

On 20 March, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a package of “temporary, timely and targeted measures” to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Unions spell out key safeguards for schools to reopen

11 May 2020

A vital step in any Government plan to relax the current lockdown restrictions is to allow children to return to school but the TUC, acting for a group of unions, has warned that there are important tests that must be met before this can happen.