Questions on COVID-19 deaths among black and Asian workers

5 May 2020

An occupational health expert says there are “legitimate questions” to be asked about whether ethnicity — specifically Black, Asian and minority ethnicity (BAME) in Britain — is a risk factor for contracting COVID-19 and for poorer clinical outcomes from the infection.

Government consults on how workplaces can reopen

4 May 2020

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.

Eligibility dates for Job Retention Scheme updated

1 May 2020

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.

Furlough, parental and adoption leave

29 April 2020

The Government has announced that furloughed workers planning to take paid parental or adoption leave will be entitled to pay based on their usual earnings rather than a furloughed pay rate.

Views on exam grading and assessment needed urgently

16 April 2020

As we reported recently (see “Exams – what next?” and “Education Secretary’s instructions to Ofqual”), the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of exams planned for later this year.