Supporting and Retaining Staff
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
On 3 March the Chancellor announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) would be extended until the end of September 2021. Between now and the end of June this will stay in its current form, with the government paying 80% of the wages of employees unable to work. However, from July the government will be asking organisations to contribute to the scheme as follows:
- July – Employers asked to pay 10%
- August and September – Employers asked to contribute 20%
At present the scheme will end on 30 September 2021.
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 April 2021 to September 2021. This will come in the form of two more grants (4th and 5th).
The fourth grant, which covers the period from February to April, will continue to pay 80% of three months average trading profits and is capped at £7,500.
The fifth grant will cover the period from May to September and will be based on turnover. Those whose profits have fallen by over 30% will receive support as per the fourth grant. Those whose profits have fallen by less than 30% will receive a grant of 30% of three-month trading profits, capped at £2,850.
The grant covers anyone who has filed a tax return for the 2019-20 tax year.
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.