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Coronavirus: the Latest Government Support Changes

Furlough Updates

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (or furlough scheme) has been extended to 30 April 2021. Claims for furlough days in January 2021 must be made by 15 February 2021. You can now no longer submit claims for claim periods ending on or before 31 October 2020.

HMRC has updated its examples to help calculate employee’s wages, National Insurance contributions and pension contributions if you are claiming through the CJRS. A new example has been added for calculating wages for different types of pension scheme

The guidance for employers on the steps to take before calculating a claim has also been updated to give more information about non-monetary benefits, and employer pension contributions under salary sacrifice schemes.

NHS Test and Trace in the workplace 

The guidance on what to do if you or someone you employ is contacted by NHS Test and Trace, including self-isolation and financial support has been updated to include a section on when to contact your local health protection team.

The employer’s coronavirus guidance covers sector-specific recommendations on reducing the risk of transmission, the required risk assessments employers should undertake, what to do if an employee develops symptoms, ordering a test and alerting close contacts if the test is positive, self-isolation and contacting local health protection teams.

Getting support from Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations

Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations are providing coronavirus related support for specific sectors. There are also now added details for the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association, and the Mineral Products Association.

On this webpage you will find a list of organisations you can speak with to get advice. Many of these organisations are also happy to respond to non-member queries related to coronavirus.

Many of these websites also include sector-specific guidance and Q&A. This list does not cover all trade associations and business representatives.

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