COVID-19: Government to cover employer NICs and pension contributions of furloughed workers

02 Apr 2020

The Government has announced that it will cover employer National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and pension contributions of furloughed workers.

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Government updates guidance on small business and retail sector grant schemes

02 Apr 2020

The Government has published new guidance for local authorities on the small business and retail sector grant schemes. These are one of several measures introduced by the Government to help businesses that are most at risk of failure due to the actions taken to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. As previously discussed in our […]

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Government confirms that furlough rules do not leave employers at risk of breaching minimum wage rules

02 Apr 2020

The Government has confirmed in its guidance for the operation of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) that employers will not be at risk of breaching minimum wage rules where they opt not to top-up the wages of furloughed employees. The CJRS was announced by the Chancellor shortly before the Stay at Home rules came […]

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Newly appointed staff members will not benefit from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

02 Apr 2020

Thousands of employees who have started a new job after the 28 February 2020 will not be able to benefit from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and may need to be laid off or sacked to help businesses cut costs. To be eligible for the scheme, which covers 80 per cent of a furlough […]

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Preparations Checklist

30 Mar 2020

To help you plan through this pandemic, we have put together a checklist to help you mitigate some of the business impacts: Consult with employees, on matters including: Statutory sick pay Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Redundancies and layoffs Defer tax payments by establishing Time to Pay agreements with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), for: PAYE […]

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Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

30 Mar 2020

Small to medium-sized businesses in the UK are now able to apply for finance via the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) to help them deal with the operating costs of their business and to assist with maintaining cash flow. To help you apply for a loan, we have answered some common queries below: Am […]

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Business rates relief extended

30 Mar 2020

Two significant elements of the measures announced by the Government to ease the financial impact of the Coronavirus crisis have been business rates reliefs and grants to certain ‘at risk’ businesses. These include grants for businesses in the hospitality, leisure and retail sectors, a grant for businesses that pay no or little business rates and […]

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Employment

30 Mar 2020

Many businesses will be struggling with a variety of issues due to the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, but a key consideration for many will be employment costs and staff safety. The Government has taken significant steps to help businesses protect jobs by introducing measures that seek to subsidise wages and provide refunds for those […]

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