Coronavirus Employment Update 9/4/2020

Posted in : Supplementary Articles NI on 9 April 2020
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We have a number of employment news articles related to the Coronavirus this week including:

Updated Guidance on the Job Retention Scheme - Employees

This helpful guidance provides information for employees on furlough arrangements and includes who is eligible; amounts that will be paid; working for another employer while on furlough; what happens if an employee does not wish to be furloughed, etc.    


Furlough - Q&A - CIPD


What about Annual Leave?

We have had many questions over the last week or so about holidays during furlough.  While explicit answers are difficult to come by this document from Jones Cassidy Brett helpfully explores some of the key holiday issues: 


The Establishment and Agencies (Fitness of Workers) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020
These regulations amend certain Regulations made under the Health and Personal Social Services (Quality, Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 in respect of nursing homes, residential care homes, nursing agencies, children’s homes, day care settings, domiciliary care agencies and residential family centres to effectively speed up recruitment processes. 


Business Closures has Biggest Impact on Female and Younger Workers - according to the research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)


Updated Apprenticeship Guidance
The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is implementing new measures, for the duration of the pandemic, to make it easier for apprenticeships to continue and complete in a different way if they need to, or to break and resume an apprenticeship later when that becomes possible.


Economic shock to NI becoming clearer: 


NI Chamber & BDO Survey Reveals Major Economic Impact Of Covid-19: 


Lockdown to Last for Foreseeable Future: 


Employment Risks for Pregnant Employees During Covid-19 Crisis:


International Covid-10 Employment and Benefits Arrangements:   


European Commission Mobilises All Of Its Resources To Protect Lives And Livelihoods
The coronavirus outbreak is testing Europe in ways that would have been unthinkable only a few weeks ago. The depth and the breadth of this crisis requires a response unprecedented in scale, speed and solidarity.  The Commission is further increasing its response by proposing to set up a €100 billion solidarity instrument to help workers keep their incomes and help businesses stay afloat, called SURE.  More here: 


COVID-19 – The Impact On UK Pension Scheme Funding: 


Martin Lewis explains coronavirus income support for self-employed people:


COVID-19 and Immigration:
Fraser Vandal, TLT considers the implications of the Governments recently issued guidance. 


£20 Million For Ambitious Technologies To Build UK Resilience Following Coronavirus Outbreak
Businesses could help boost the UK’s resilience to the long-term impact of the coronavirus outbreak and similar situations in the future, as a result of £20 million government funding announced.  Grants of up to £50,000 will be available to technology and research-focussed businesses to develop new ways of working and help build resilience in industries such as delivery services, food manufacturing, retail and transport, as well as support people at home in circumstances like those during the coronavirus outbreak.  More from 


Welsh workplace two-metre rule 'not absolute ban':   


This article is correct at 09/04/2020

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