Covid-19 secure workplaces
With many people returning to work if they cannot work from home, employers need to take steps to ensure the workplace is Covid-19 secure. Further guidance has been issued to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for full details of the guidance (updated 19th May).
The basic steps include:
- Carrying out a Covid-19 risk assessment
- Developing cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures
- Helping people to work from home
- Maintaining 2m social distancing, where possible
- Where people cannot be 2m apart, managing the transmission risk
Statutory Sick pay
If you are an employer, further guidance has been issued to enable you to check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to Covid-19. For further details, click here. The online service used to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) will be available from 26 May 2020.
The Coronavirus Future Fund
Today, the Government has launched the Coronavirus Future Fund. This scheme will issue convertible loans between £125,000 to £5 million to innovative companies which are facing financing difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak. The loans are subject to at least equal match funding from private investors.
The scheme is open for applications until the end of September 2020. Full details of the scheme and eligibility criteria can be found here.
We are expecting further updates at the end of the month relating to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, so please look out for these on our website.