Covid-19 – Latest Guidance from the Government – 6.00pm 29th May 2020

James Williams

Main points from today

  • The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, led the briefing.
  • He announced changes to the CJRS as follows:-
    • From 1st July an employee can come back to work part time as part of a flexible furlough scheme.  In the example he gave relating to a five day a week worker, if a worker came back to work for 2 days they could still remain on furlough for the other three.
    • In June and July there would be no contribution required of employers.
    • In August employers will pay the national insurance element and pension contributions.
    • In September CJRS will pay 70% and employers will pay 10%, so employees still receive 80%.
    • In October CJRS will pay 60% and employers will pay 20%, so employees still receive 80%.
    • The scheme will close as planned at the end of October.
    • Employer contributions in September and October will be in addition to the national insurance element and pension contributions, but the full rules have not yet been published.
  • The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will be extended to cover August to October and cover 70% of monthly income up to a total of £6,750 for that three month period.
  • 271,222 positive tests, an increase of 2,095 from yesterday.  38,161 deaths, an increase of 324.

Latest Guidance (employment and business)
As above changes to the CJRS.

Apply for the coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund
NEW – The Discretionary Grant Fund supports small and micro businesses that are not eligible for other grant schemes.  First published.9:36am, 29 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.

Following the announcement of a flexible furlough scheme from 1st July, it should be possible for schools to furlough employees who have multiple roles from the non-publicly funded element of the role.

Providing free school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Updated information about providing meals for pupils attending school, the national voucher scheme and providing meals or food parcels through your food provider. 6:52pm, 28 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.