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

James Williams

Main points from today

  • Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, led the briefing.
  • Announced £4.2 million to assist mental health charities.
  • Possible swab test soon to be available that shows if a person has the virus in 20 mins.
  • Deal agreed to provide 10 million anti-body tests phased from next week with health and care workers first to receive them.
  • 128,340 tests yesterday.
  • 250,908 positive tests, an increase of 2,615 from yesterday.  36,042 deaths, an increase of 338 from yesterday.

Latest Guidance (employment and business)
Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Page updated to explain that employers will be asked to give the amounts separately for the NICs, pension and wages they are claiming for. Information added that employee authorised salary deductions can be made from grant payments. 2:57pm, 21 May 2020

Find examples to help you work out 80% of your employees’ wages
Examples updated to show that the amount claimed for NICs cannot be more than 13.8% of the grant claimed for employee’s wages. 2:54pm, 21 May 2020

Work out 80% of your employees’ wages to claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
List explaining functions that can be tested on the calculator has been updated – the calculator can now be used to work out claims for employees who have received top ups or discretionary payments in the claim period. Page also updated with information that the amount claimed for NICs cannot be more than 13.8% of the grant claimed for employee’s wages. 2:52pm, 21 May 2020

Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Page updated with information that clarifies that eligibility depends on employment on or after certain dates. 2:50pm, 21 May 2020

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.

Case studies: remote education practice for schools during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Additional case studies about adapting teaching practice for remote education. 4:10pm, 21 May 2020

What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak
Added information about the bank holiday and half term. Updated information on 30 hours free childcare, transport and SEND.  7:11pm, 20 May 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.