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Advice regarding Coronavirus

Updated: 26 March 2020

 


* IMPORTANT INFORMATION *
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), Furloughing employees

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is a temporary scheme that started 1 March 2020. It is designed to support employers whose operations have been severely affected by coronavirus / COVID-19. Employers will be able to claim from the government for 80% of furloughed employees’ (employees on a leave of absence) usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on that wage.

The claim system is not yet available.

Further information on the scheme is available here.

 


Support for your Business

The government has announced a wide range of measures to support businesses.  You can read a summary here; please remember, however, that local authorities are implementing many of these plans and well need time to put the processes in place.

 


Employment Guidance

ACAS has published advice for employers and employees on the potential implications on sick leave, sick pay, time away from work etc as a conseqeunce of the Coronavirus / COVID-19 and concerns around the potential implications of Coronavirus.

We advise employers to read the information available at: www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

 


Statutory Sick Pay

SSP entitlement and procedures are changing to enable SSP to be paid from the first day of sickness, for SSP to be paid for those ‘self-isloating’ and also for employers to be able to recover the costs of SSP. Further information here

 


Claiming Benefits

The Department of Work and Pensions has published guidance on SSP and other benefits, see: www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus

 


Other Guidance

There is a wealth of information available online, and this is being updated frequently. Information for businesses, support available for employers and guidance for employees is available at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

 


IR35 (Off Payroll Working) Changes Delayed

The government has announced that proposed changes to the so-called “IR35” process have been delayed from April 2020 to April 2021.  See: www.gov.uk/government/news/off-payroll-working-rules-reforms-postponed-until-2021

 

Free training on sick pay and leave

Would you like to attend a free webinar providing training on sick pay and sick leave?
 
HMRC and ACAS are running a webinar entitled “Managing Sick Leave and Pay“. There will be a broef summary of Statutory Sick Pay entitlement, also how to manage sick leave and the impact it has on employment relations in the workplace.
 
You will be able to ask questions using the on-screen text box.
 
Friday 1 June, 9.00am to 10.00am
Tuesday 12 June, 3.00pm to 4.00pm
 
You can register, or find more information here

 
 
 
 

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2018 / 2019 tax and NIC etc rates

Have you seen the 2018-2019 rates for income tax and National Insurance yet? 
You can read them all at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rates-and-thresholds-for-employers-2018-to-2019
 
The April 2018 P9X is not being sent direct to employers by HMRC, instead you can download it here.