Covid-19 – Latest Guidance from the Government – 6.00pm 15th June 2020

James Williams

Main points from today

  • Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, led the briefing today.
  • He confirmed that from today it is mandatory to wear face coverings (not surgical masks) on public transport.
  • Non-essential shops also opened.
  • On Saturday, measures were taken to allow individual prayer at places of worship.
  • It was allowed for single-adult households to form ‘support bubbles’ with one other household.
  • He also said it was worth noting that ‘the week on week data, which compares Friday 5 June with Friday 12 June, just to give a sense of the trend and the progress we are making:
    • there were 109 fewer daily cases
    • there were 161 fewer patients in critical care in our hospitals
    • and 155 fewer deaths.’

Latest Guidance (employment and business)
New guidance was published very late on 12th June.

Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Check if you can claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Using minimum furlough periods
Until 1 July, any employees you place on furlough must be furloughed for a minimum of 3 consecutive weeks. When they return to work, they must be taken off furlough. Employees can be furloughed more than once, but they must be furloughed for a minimum of 3 consecutive weeks each time they are furloughed.

From 1 July, agreed flexible furlough agreements can last any amount of time. Employees can enter into a flexible furlough agreement more than once.

CJRS guidance can now be found here:-
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme guidance is here:-
Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Latest Guidance (health)
No new guidance today.

Preparing for the wider opening of schools from 1 June
Added information to ‘Planning guide for primary schools’ on how primary schools can use flexibility to welcome back additional pupils this term. Added information to ‘Guidance for secondary school provision from 15 June 2020’ about how secondary schools can now welcome year 10 and year 12 pupils in for some face-to-face support and where possible, invite pupils in other year groups in for a meeting this term.   1:44pm, 15 June 2020

The general school guidance starts here:-
Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

General Guidance
The general coronavirus guidance starts here:-

James Williams – Solicitor

James Williams

I am a qualified Employment Law and HR Solicitor. I specialise in acting for schools and advise on all aspects of employment law and HR including attending employee meetings, advising senior leaders, conducting redundancy consultations, drafting contracts of employment, advising on policies and procedures and negotiating settlement agreements.