Supporting and Retaining Staff
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
On 5 November the Chancellor announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) was being extended until the end of March 2021.
Under the extended scheme, employees will receive 80% of their usual salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. There will be no employer contribution towards wages for hours not worked, except to cover National Insurance and employer pension contributions. The payment of money through the scheme will operate as the previous scheme did.
More information regarding the CJRS, including how to claim, is available on the government website.
Support for Self-employed Workers
The Self-Employed Income Support Scheme Grant has been extended to cover the period November 2020 to April 2021. The eligibility criteria remains the same as the previous payments made through the SEISS and grants will be paid in two lump sum payments.
The first grant covering November to January will be based on 80% of 3 months’ average trading profits, up to a cap of £7,500. The window for claiming this grant will open on 30 November and be paid before Christmas.
The details of the grant covering February to April, including the level of this grant, will be provided by the government in due course.
How can I support my employees to work remotely?
We recognise that social distancing has meant that many of you have been forced to ask your staff to work from home for the foreseeable future.
The Alliance has created templates to help you with this transition and to provide a best practice support resource for your HR team.
We also know that working remotely could have an adverse impact on mental health. The Alliance has a number of fantastic resources that can help in this area.
We have tips for everyday living, information on workplace wellbeing and guidance on terminology.