Many thanks to fellow member EmployAssist for sharing some important advice and information for all business owners and employers in these difficult times.
Please contact them directly iif you have any questions or requirement their help.
COVID-19 sickness absences
If you have employees who cannot work due to having coronavirus or needing to self-isolate because of it, then they will be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay from day 1 of their absence. Employees can self-certify in the usual way for the first 7 days. Absences going over 7 days will need an ‘isolation fit note’. This can be done without needing to see a G.P. via the NHS website or app.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Set up by the Government, the scheme enables employers to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salaries for those that would otherwise have been laid off (HMRC will reimburse 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500 per month). The scheme applies to employees who were employed as of 28 February 2020 and are on PAYE, and who may not be able to work if a business is closed or workload may be reduce due to the impact of COVID-19.
‘Furlough’ is a temporary period of leave for employees, who retain their usual terms & conditions of employment and continuity of service through this period. Its very important that staff do not work for the company during this period as this could invalidate any claim under the scheme and lead to more severe penalties if found to be fraudulent! The furlough period must last for at least 3 weeks.
Next steps for employers:
Ensure you are very clear on the rules and requirements of furloughing and the Job Retention Scheme, seek further advice where needed.
- Identify staff your business may need to furlough and hold a discussion with them to get their consent to be furloughed.
- You must confirm in writing the details of the individual’s furloughed leave.
- Keep in regular contact with all your staff, whether they are working remotely, using annual leave or on furlough leave.
- Keep fully informed with the latest Government updates on COVID-19 and business support.
- Seek professional HR advice if you are unsure or need help managing any of the above processes.
The team at EmployAssist HR can support local employers with detailed advice on managing staff and HR processes through the challenging COVID-19 epidemic. We can provide furlough letters, manager guidance and professional HR advice:
T: 0333 400 7920
See our latest blogs on COVID-19 for local employers here.
The impact of Coronavirus – fighting for answers on your behalf
At a time of disruption, we know that businesses need clear, actionable information in order to take critical decisions.
Working with our colleges at Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, the teams are committed to getting answers for Chamber members, and to ensuring that we are representing the needs of our business communities at the heart of government.
Chamber Daily Update
John Bridge OBE DL, Chief Executive at Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, provides reaction to the latest government announcements in the Chambers’ daily update.
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Stay safe and well, we will win this war and we'll all back soon!
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Update on the Check-in @ Stansted Business Exhibition
Our sponsors, exhibitors and visitors health and wellbeing is extremely important to us.
We have been closely monitoring the news and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic and with an awful lot of events being postponed or cancelled throughout the UK, we have made the decision to provisionally move the Check-in @ Stansted Business Exhibition.
We are not cancelling the event - we will be moving the date for everyone’s benefit.
As a business, we are keen to ensure that we remain stable as a business community and will support you as much as possible. We would very much appreciate the same in return in these unforeseen circumstances.
We therefore plan to pencil in a new date of Thursday 17th September 2020, which we will review in July.
We thank you for your continued support and wish you and your colleagues, familes and friends our best wishes.
Stay safe - we will win this war and will all return stronger!
Chair of the Stansted Airport Chamber of Commerce
Check-in @ Stansted, the annual regional business exhibition organised by the Stansted Airport Chamber of Commerce launched their 2020 event at the Novotel London Stansted Airport Hotel. Sponsors already signed up include London Stansted Airport (MAG), Uttlesford District Council, Global Radio and T6 International.
The expo will be making a return to the Novotel London Stansted Airport Hotel for the 2nd year running on St George’s Day, April 23rd 2020.
Open to the general public, visitors can come along for FREE to meet with a wide variety of businesses on the day between the hours of 9 am and 2.30 pm.
The event will close to the general public at 2.30 pm to allow exhibitors the chance to network over lunch – which is new for 2020.
David Lewy, Head of Public Affairs and Partnerships at London Stansted Airport, said:
“We’re delighted to supporting the Stansted Airport Chamber of Commerce’s Check-In @ Stansted for a seventh year – it is a vital opportunity for local businesses to exhibit their products and services. London Stansted has real momentum, and given the strong economic performance of our region, our available runway capacity and investment in new facilities, the future for passengers and businesses is very bright. 2020 is going to be a really exciting year for Stansted Airport and the region, and we want to ensure that local businesses are benefitting from the opportunities our success presents.”
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