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COVID-19: Employment Law Update 8: The New Job Support Scheme


Updated:  2 November 2020

The Job Support Scheme Extension which was due to commence on 1 November 2020 has been postponed due to the Government announcing a second national lockdown and extending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until December 2020.

 

The New Job Support Scheme

The Government has confirmed the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will end on 31 October 2020.  However, this is to be replaced by the Job Support Scheme from 1 November 2020 which will last for six months.

All small and medium sized employers will be eligible to take part in the scheme with large companies having to prove that they have been significantly impacted by Covid-19.

Employees must be on the firm’s PAYE payroll on 23 September 2020 to be eligible, they must work a minimum of 1/3 of their normal working hours and be paid for this accordingly by their employer.  For every hour not worked the Government and employer will each pay one third of the employee’s wage with the Government’s contribution being capped up to £697.92 per month.  This means that employees will receive 77% of their normal wage, as long as the Government’s contribution cap has not been reached.

All employees will be eligible for the scheme even if they have not been previously furloughed, however the employee must not be on redundancy notice.

Self-Isolation

Under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 from 28 September 2020 an employer could face a fine of up to £1000.00 if they knowingly permit an employee to attend their place of work when the employee is self-isolating.  This will include employees who are having to isolate because they live with someone who has tested positive for the Coronavirus.  The employee can however continue to work from home.

Face Masks

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place and on Public Transport) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 state that employees working in the following industries may face a fine of up to £200.00 if they fail to wear a face mask whilst at work:-

  • shop workers
  • shopping centres
  • restaurants and bars
  • banks
  • hotels

Employees are however exempt from wearing a face mask if the wearing of a face mask will cause severe distress or the employee is unable to wear a face mask due to a disability.

Disclaimer – The above facts are accurate as of 12.00pm on 1 October 2020.

For advice on this, or any other employment matter, contact the employment team on 01905 723 561 or email: Guy.salter@smesolicitors.co.uk or Sonia.ali@smesolicitors.co.uk

Added: 08 Oct 2020 11:10


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