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Businesses warned of imminent rise in employee claims

A top employment lawyer is urging business owners to remain mindful of their duties and responsibilities as an employer ahead of an anticipated rise in claims being made by employees returning to work after the lockdown period.

Article by: Helen Watson, Partner and Head of the Employment team - Aaron & Partners 12 June 2020

Wrestling with an octopus: changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Major changes are being made to the Coronavirus job retention scheme, avoiding a cliff edge scenario, which employers and employees alike were dreading. However, the increasing contribution towards the costs of furlough leave has led to genuine concern for employers.

Article by: James Wilders, Employment Partner - Womble Bond Dickinson 11 June 2020

Almost 1,900 reports of furlough fraud to HMRC

As of 29 May, Personnel Today report that HMRC had received 1,868 reports of fraudulent use of the Coronavirus Job retention Scheme to its digital reporting service. This is more than double the number of reports it received as of 12 May, at 795.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 11 June 2020

Government publish NHS test and trace guidance for the workplace

The Department of Health and Social Care have published guidance on the NHS test and trace service which explains how employers and workers can play their part in the programme to slow the spread of the virus.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 9 June 2020

Chancellor announces tapering of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HM Treasury has confirmed the Chancellor’s announcement setting out changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. From 1 July 2020, businesses will be given the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back part time.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 8 June 2020