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  • Work from home advice could continue until Easter

    Date:
    24 November 2020

    Employees are likely to be encouraged to remain working from home until at least Easter 2021, when it is hoped that a combination of a tighter "tier" system, further testing and the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations will have "driven down" the coronavirus infection rate.

  • Full furlough guidance published: notice periods under review

    Date:
    11 November 2020

    The government has now published its official guidance for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which has been extended until 31 March 2021.

  • Job losses reach record high despite summer reopenings

    Date:
    10 November 2020

    Redundancies hit a new record high in the late summer and early autumn despite the easing of lockdown measures, new estimates from the Office for National Statistics have shown.

  • Furlough extended until March, Job Retention Bonus scrapped

    Date:
    5 November 2020

    The furlough scheme has been extended until the end of March, with the Government continuing to cover 80% of employees' wages at firms affected by coronavirus restrictions, the chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced.

  • Clinically vulnerable told to avoid workplace

    Date:
    4 November 2020

    'Clinically extremely vulnerable' workers in England are being strongly advised by the government to avoid work outside their homes from Thursday.

  • Campaign to take on 10,000 black interns launched

    Date:
    28 October 2020

    Organisations including the NHS, Linklaters, PwC and Zurich have committed to a programme to collectively hire 10,000 black interns, in a bid to improve ethnic diversity in business and to boost job prospects for young black people.

  • Chancellor revamps Job Support Scheme

    Date:
    22 October 2020

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an update to the Job Support Scheme (JSS), including for workers in England where tier 2 restrictions apply.

  • Government will cover two-thirds of wages at firms forced to temporarily close

    Date:
    9 October 2020

    Two-thirds of the wages of workers in businesses forced to close by local and national lockdowns will be covered by the Government under an expanded Job Support Scheme, chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced.

  • Furlough bonus guidance published

    Date:
    5 October 2020

    The government has published details of the one-off bonus that employers can claim if they keep previously furloughed employees on their books for three months after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme closes on 31 October.

  • Top companies urge firms to set 'clear and stretching' racial diversity targets

    Date:
    5 October 2020

    Companies should have at least one BAME board member and set 'clear and stretching' targets for increasing racial and ethnic diversity in senior leadership, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and a group of major organisations have insisted.

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