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  • Budget 2021: Furlough extension, business cash grants and more

    4 March 2021

    Undoubtedly, the most important announcement for employers to come out of this year's budget has to be the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until 30 September 2021, which will provide a lifeline to organisations that will still be affected by restrictions on social contact into the summer months.

  • Boris Johnson sets out roadmap for lockdown easing

    23 February 2021

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has outlined his roadmap for lifting coronavirus restrictions and the gradual reopening of the economy in England.

  • Government waives IR35 penalties for one year

    16 February 2021

    The Government has published new guidance about how it will support organisations seeking to comply with upcoming off-payroll (IR35) changes.

  • Pension Schemes Act hailed as 'landmark'

    12 February 2021

    A new pensions bill received royal assent yesterday (11 February 2021) that aims to strengthen protections for pension savers by extending the powers of the Pensions Regulator, introducing the power to issue civil penalties of up to £1m, and three new criminal offences. Some in the sector, however, have queried possible unintended consequences.

  • Government expands access to workplace COVID-19 rapid tests

    8 February 2021

    More workplaces providing essential services during the current lockdown will be able to offer rapid COVID-19 testing to their employees, which the Government hopes will detect coronavirus in people not showing symptoms.

  • Acas: Mental health "enlightenment" a pandemic silver lining

    4 February 2021

    To coincide with Time to Talk Day, Acas has published a policy paper showcasing how three organisations are building employee resilience and responding proactively to wellbeing challenges. Adrian Wakeling looks at some of the key takeaways.

  • Redundancy rate hits record high as payrolled employees plummet

    26 January 2021

    The number of employees on payrolls has plummeted by 828,000 since the COVID-19 pandemic began, with the number of redundancies reaching a record high in September to November 2020.

  • "Do more to support domestic abuse victims", minister tells employers

    14 January 2021

    Employers are not doing enough to support employees who are victims of domestic abuse, according to the Government, which has called on organisations to become a "bridge" between workers and the support they need.

  • Furlough can now be used to help homeschooling parents - HMRC

    8 January 2021

    HM Revenue & Customs has updated its furlough guidance to confirm that the scheme can be used where employees are unable to work because they are caring for children while schools are closed.

  • Furlough extended until 30 April 2021

    17 December 2020

    The furlough scheme has been extended until the end of April 2021, the chancellor has announced.

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