As the coronavirus (Covid-19) situation gathers momentum, we find ourselves continuously assessing how this may affect our own operations and what we need to advise our members. Here, you will find help and advice on the issue.
The Government have issued specific information for businesses, who should read and follow the online guidance for employees, employers and businesses. Specific information for businesses in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland is also available. All the pages are being updated regularly. If you have a query that isn’t covered by the you can contact the Business Support Helpline on Tel. 0300 456 3565. This is a rapidly moving situation, and the Government’s guidance on coronavirus is being updated almost on a daily basis.
The Government are also issuing regular bulletins with guidance and advice for employers and businesses on Covid-19. To subscribe to these, click here.
The Government has also produced full guidance on implementing social distancing measures which you can find here.
For more information from HMRC on how to access Government financial support, there is a factsheet which you can view here.
The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is now open for applications. Click here for more information on this.
If you have questions around apprenticeships, then further information is available here.
TAF Partners, Bates, Wells and Braithwaite Llp, have rounded up the key issues that you need to consider here. Further legal guidance from BWB Llp on issues relating to the coronavirus, including help with the Job Retention Scheme, are given here.
TAF members FIS have also published some excellent help and advice for their members on managing the risks to staff and workplace here.
The ABI have published insurance guidance for businesses here.
The British Chambers of Commerce have a Coronavirus Support Hub here.
CBI also have some useful resources available on their website here. They are hosting the latest guidance, external resources and a member FAQ document that is collated and updated on a daily basis and taken from their members’ input. In addition, they are running daily webinars on Coronavirus which are free to all. Register here to take part in these.
Employers can join a free ACAS webinar ‘Coronavirus – an advisory webinar for employers’ which will provide advice for employers to help manage the impact of coronavirus in the workplace. It includes:-
• steps that can help reduce the spread of the virus
• effective ways of communicating with employees
• self-isolating, time off, sickness certification and sick pay
• altering working hours, shift patterns and working arrangements
• remote working and the use of technology
Businesses can find out more and register to attend them here.
To make sure you’re acting appropriately, do keep abreast of the guidance and take action on any recommendations and regulations which affect your organisation.