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New Job Support Scheme Announced

Yesterday Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new job scheme starting 1 November 2020 to replace the current Job Retention (“furlough”) Scheme which ends 31 October 2020. All small and medium-sized businesses are eligible, larger businesses must show their turnover has fallen during the pandemic. Employers can use the new scheme even if they have not […]

Read more September 25th, 2020

Review Of Furlough Claims

In recent weeks, HMRC have been making it clear that they will be auditing furlough claims where they believe there has been an inaccuracy, whether deliberate or not. They believe between 5-10% of claims made contain some form of error. It is likely that there will be a large number of furlough claims across the […]

Read more September 22nd, 2020

Can Soft Skills Be Taught?

A positive attitude, a strong work ethic, an innovative mindset, being a team player – are just as important to employers as practical skills and academic background. It is important to have teams of people who have the hard skills to do a job – i.e. they’re qualified, have relevant experience, can write code, design […]

Read more September 21st, 2020

Numerous Fraudulent CJRS Claims Identified

HMRC’s CJRS fraud reporting portal had received over 2,000 reports of wrongful claims.   Examples of such wrongful claims include; Claiming furlough payments for staff who are continuing to work Furloughing staff but asking them to work “voluntarily” on an unpaid basis. Claiming furlough payments for “ghost” employees, and those who left employment before 19 […]

Read more September 7th, 2020

Kickstart Scheme Launches In November

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched the Kickstart Scheme, designed to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The £2 billion Kickstart Scheme is designed to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across […]

Read more September 3rd, 2020

Job Retention Bonus

The government is introducing a new Job Retention Bonus to provide additional support to employers who keep on their furloughed employees in meaningful employment, after the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends on 31 October 2020. The Job Retention Bonus is a one-off payment to employers of £1,000 for every employee who they previously claimed […]

Read more August 27th, 2020

Cultivating Creativity

Creative businesses tend to be successful – just look at Google, Netflix or Amazon. So how do you start cultivating creativity in your business? You can’t force creativity, but the right environment will enable your team to work in new and innovative ways in order to generate imaginative solutions. Business is all about people. Hiring […]

Read more August 25th, 2020

Returning From Furlough

Bringing your employees back from furlough is not a straightforward process. As furloughed employees begin to return to work, business owners and managers need to consider both the practical and emotional aspects of returning to “normal”. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been unprecedented. After several months of lockdown and social distancing, some employees […]

Read more August 25th, 2020

August CJRS Update

As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) continues to wind down, from 1 September you will need to do the following: From 1 September CJRS will pay 70% of usual wages up to a cap of £2,187.50 per month for the hours furloughed employees do not work. You will still need to pay your furloughed […]

Read more August 24th, 2020

If You Have Claimed The Wrong Amount From CJRS

The government reminds employers that the 31 July is the last day that they can submit Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims for periods ending on or before 30 June. Employers can now submit claims for periods starting on or after 1 July. See: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme If you have claimed too much or not enough from […]

Read more July 30th, 2020

CJRS – Individuals You Can Claim For Who Are Not Employees

The Government has issued further updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) regarding individuals you can claim for who are not employees. From 1st July “Flexible Furlough” was introduced and the calculations and time recording of full-time, part-time and fully furloughed employees has become more complicated. Changes are occurring regularly as the Government and […]

Read more July 15th, 2020

Summer Economic Update

On Wednesday 8th July, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak made a speech entitled “Summer Economic Update” where he unveiled further Government supports and he unveiled the Government’s plan for jobs which he described as the “Second phase in the Government’s economic response to the crisis.” Here are the highlights and we will update you on the […]

Read more July 9th, 2020

Paying Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Grants Back

The Government has provided guidance on how to pay all or some of your grant back if you’ve overclaimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). If you have overclaimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, you can either: correct it in your next claim make a payment to HMRC (only if you are not […]

Read more July 3rd, 2020

Statutory Sick Pay Due To Coronavirus Update

Changes have been made to the guidance regarding sick pay due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). It now includes information about employees who have transferred under the TUPE regulations. This scheme is for employers. You can claim back up to 2 weeks of SSP if: you have already paid your employee’s sick pay (use the SSP calculator […]

Read more July 3rd, 2020

UK – Business Rules Relaxed To Help Through Coronavirus Pandemic

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy have published a list of the rules that have been temporarily relaxed to make it easier for businesses to continue working through the disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). The government has temporarily relaxed the rules in the following areas: Annual leave: Workers will be allowed to carry […]

Read more June 29th, 2020