Covid-19 Guidance for Businesses
5th November 2020
In light of the recent developments regarding the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are working to ensure you can access the latest information and guidance to help you and your family business during these challenging times.
CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME extended
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will now run until the end of March with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked. Employers will contribute National Insurance and employer pension contributions. This extension is UK-wide. The Chancellor states that the employer contribution will be reviewed in January.
The extended CJRS will operate as the previous Scheme did, with businesses being able to claim either shortly before, during or after running payroll. Claims can be made from 8am Wednesday 11 November. Claims made for November must be submitted to HMRC by no-later than 14 December 2020. Claims relating to each subsequent month should be submitted by day 14 of the following month, to ensure prompt claims following the end of the month which is the subject of the claim.
The Treasury factsheet, here, gives details on eligibility and the situation around re-employed employees. Full guidance will be published on the 10th November.
NEW GOVERNMENT Guidance on working safely
Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. Access it here.
Code of practice for the commercial property sector
Government has published a code of practice to encourage commercial tenants and landlords to work together to protect viable businesses. Access it here.
UK GOVERNMENT Coronavirus business support page
Use this business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.
uk government guidance for employers, employees and businesses
This guidance provides you with information on:
- How to prevent the spread and tackle cases should they arise;
- What do do if an employee or member of the public becomes unwell;
- What do do if someone with confirmed COVID-19 has recently visited your business;
- Handling of packages, cleaning measures and garbage disposal;
You can find the full Government guidance here.
Guidance for employers on the coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme. Available here.
The Government has announced that furloughed workers planning to take paid parental or adoption leave will be entitled to pay based on their usual earnings rather than a furloughed pay rate. Find out more here.
ADDITIONAL government resources for businesses
Other areas of support available from the government that can help businesses, employees, and the self-employed. Access the guidance here.
where else to find support
Lansberg Gersick has created a crisis management toolkit for enterprising families.
Western Pension Solutions guidance on for family businesses which have a final salary pension scheme. Free Helpline:020 7726 2718.
The FSB has put together advice and guidance for small businesses.
The CBI has collected all relevant guidance for business on tackling Coronavirus on their website.
The CBI has instituted a new series of daily webinars to help businesses understand the latest updates and keep prepared. Access the upcoming webinars here.
KPMG has produced guidance and tools on their website, as well as a weekly webinar series to provide updates and discuss immediate, medium and long-term actions that can help you manage the challenges ahead. Weekly on a Wednesday at 12.30 for an hour, you can access previous webinars and register for the series here.
KPMG have also created the Enterprise Resilience Framework which is designed to help organisations to manage COVID-19 is centres around three pillars:
- Financial Resilience
- Operational Resilience
- Commercial Resilience
Organisations can run through it, free of charge:
2) Practical advice on what organisations should be thinking about in the short, medium and longer term across those three pillars.
Deloitte's weekly webinars on Responding to COVID-19: Updates and practical steps.
Farrer & Co have put together a Hub with practical information and updates. You can access the Hub here.
You can also access their latest weekly Covid-19 business update here.
Inflexion shared some tips on staying secure whilst working from home.
Burges Salmon have created a guidance Hub where businesses can find legal guidance, accessible here.
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We will be updating this page regularly as new guidance is published.