In this newsletter rather than focus on what the 2021 “trends” are, we are focusing on 2021 “priorities”.
However, wellbeing during the pandemic has and should stay at the forefront of employers’ minds for their workforce.
We therefore felt that some clarity around considerations that you, as employers, may need to take in relation to your employees and may assist you at the current time especially considering the rapid spread of the current virus variant.
So, while we all thought that as we rang out 2020 and embraced 2021 that our lives would return to some sort of normality – whatever the new normality looked like.
The furlough scheme has been extended until the end of April 2021 with the government continuing to contribute 80% towards wages.
Last night 1 December, HMRC issued a number of amendments to their on-line documents relating to furlough, mainly to remove out of date information relating to the scheme prior to 1 November.
Last week we sent out a newsletter on time limits for furlough claims. On the 19th of November, the Government issued a list of what they deem as a reasonable excuse should your claim fall outside of the time limits.
…it is important to ensure that as employers you provide a continuing safe and secure working environment, and also employees are aware of their obligations around working from home, or are now asking their employer a number of various questions.
Not only are we in lockdown again, the weather was atrocious over the weekend and Friday 13 came and went, but not before The Treasury updated their guidance on the CJRS and issued a further Treasury Direction on Friday evening.
In fact, if we are honest how many of us had to run training sessions on how to host or schedule a meeting and then actually be able to get all the participants invited on the call? Yes, you were not alone!!!