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Furloughed workers – covering the wages of laid-off workers

Workers who would otherwise have been laid off during the ongoing health crisis could now be considered ‘furloughed’ and receive financial support under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which will allow all employers in the UK to ...


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52% increase in over 50s on zero-hours contracts

The number of over 50s on a zero-hours contract has increased from 190,000 in 2014 to 288,000 in 2019 – an increase of 52% in five years, according to new research from Rest Less, a jobs, volunteering and guidance site for the over 50s. The...


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IR35 delay a “huge relief” for the self-employed

The Government has delayed controversial changes to the IR35 tax system in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Due to come into force from April, the changes to the system would have led to self-employed individuals operating through a company ...


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Budget 2020 – the main changes for employers

While Coronavirus dominates the headlines, several non-related changes were announced in the Budget 2020 last week that will prove key for many employers.   Neonatal leave and pay The government announced that it will create a new neonatal...


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Coronavirus: employee rights

ACAS is updating its guidance on a daily basis – below are set out the basic principles of how COVID-19 affects employment law.   Self-isolation and sick pay Employees and workers must receive any Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) due to...


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Major consultation on clearer DB funding standards launched

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has published the first stage of a major consultation on its revised code of practice for defined benefit (DB) funding. David Fairs, TPR’s Executive Director of Regulatory Policy, said: “The launch of o...