Temporary changes to right to work checks

31 March 2020

Right to work checks have been adapted to make it easier for employers to carry them out during the coronavirus outbreak, Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced.

GMC advice published on remote consultations

31 March 2020

The General Medical Council (GMC) has published guidance and high level principles for good practice in remote consultations and prescribing for all healthcare professionals, at a time when social distancing due to the Coronavirus pandemic may require GPs to conduct more consultations over the phone, via video link or online.

2020 rates for SMP, SPP, ShPP, SAP and SSP released

30 March 2020

The Government has published the proposed statutory rates for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP), Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) and Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP), which come into effect on 5 April 2020, the first Sunday in April. The rate is set to increase from £148.68 to £151.20 per week.

Self-employment income support scheme

27 March 2020

On Thursday 26 March the government announced their intention to provide further support for the self-employed in the form of a taxable cash grant.

GPs say PPE dangerously inadequate to face Coronavirus

26 March 2020

The Government's call for NHS recruits to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic is being undermined by a lack of essential supplies, according to the Doctors' Association UK, a non-profit organisation run by volunteers advocating on behalf of the medical profession and the NHS, and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

Online isolation notes launched

25 March 2020

People unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can now obtain an isolation note through a new online service.

UK goes into lockdown

25 March 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told the country that, as it is vital to slow the spread of the coronavirus, everyone must stay at home unless their work is vital and cannot be done from home.