Covid-19 – Latest Guidance from the Government – 6.00pm 21st April 2020

James Williams

Main points from today
  • Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, led the briefing.
  • 1 billion items of PPE have been delivered.  Further PPE being sourced from around the world and in conjunction with 159 UK manufacturers.
  • Team from Oxford University will begin human trials on a Covid-19 vaccine on Thursday this week.
  • 533,342 tests, 129,044 positive, an increase of 4,310.  17,366 hospital deaths, an increase of 852 from yesterday
Latest Guidance (employment and business)
Confirmation from HMRC that there is no requirement for a written agreement between an employer and employee that the employee will do no work while on furlough.  This is despite the opposite stated in the Treasury Direction published last week.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers

Check if you can claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Minimum furlough periods
Any employees you place on furlough must be furloughed for a minimum period of 3 consecutive weeks. When they return to work, they must be taken off furlough. Employees can be furloughed multiple times, but each separate instance must be for a minimum period of 3 consecutive weeks.

Latest Guidance (health)
No new guidance today.

GCSEs, AS and A level awarding: summer 2020 – Information for schools, students and parents on how qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2020. First published 2:50pm, 21 April 2020

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak– Updated 19 April 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.