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  • National living wage April 2021: 23-year-olds to receive increase

    25 November 2020

    The age from which workers become eligible for the national living wage will reduce to 23, the government has confirmed as it announced April 2021 increases to statutory minimum wage rates.

  • Work from home advice could continue until Easter

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

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