Employees & Self-Employed

Employees – understanding your rights at work.

Acas, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, have launched a new website aimed at helping workers impacted by COVID-19 measures to get the relevant advice and support they need and understand their rights at work, including advice on working safely, furlough, working from home, flexible working, holiday, SSP and other useful guidance.

Visit www.acas.org.uk/rights-at-work for more information.

Employment & Benefits Support

The Department for Work and Pensions has launched a new website, to provide clear, factual information on employment and benefits support with advice on housing, furlough, sick pay and self-employment, alongside advice and FAQs for employers, those already claiming and those making a new claim. Find out more

Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme opened to all UK employers from 1 March 2020 and finishes at the end of October 2020. 

From August, furloughed workers can return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff. 

From 1 September, the government will pay 70% of wages up to a maximum cap of £2,187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough. Employers will top up employees’ wages to ensure they receive 80% (up to £2,500). 

The scheme closed to new entrants from 10th June, with the exception of military reservists or those returning from statutory parental leave. 

From the 30th of June, employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed for a full three-week period prior to 30 June.

For information regarding SSP, furloughing staff and other HR questions, please visit our Legal & HR page.

Self-assessment: self-assessed income tax payments due in July 2020, will now be deferred to January 2021.