COVID-19 Support

The pandemic has turned all our worlds upside down — not least for small business owners.

That’s why as HR experts (and all-round good eggs), we’ve stepped up to the task of providing SMEs with comprehensive support on all things COVID-19.

In a world of ever-changing rules and regulations, we offer practical solutions to ensure your business operates effectively, legally and safely.

COVID HR Support

Furlough
Support

Fed up of the F-Word?

We know that keeping up with furlough scheme rules can be confusing, stressful and, frankly, a pain in the a-word.

Our specialist team provide practical support and advice to ensure you operate within the parameters of the scheme, including:

  • Walking you through the benefits of the Government’s Job Retention Scheme
  • Creating associated letters for employees
  • Liaising with your finance team regarding calculating HMRC furlough claims
  • Ensuring your people are treated fairly and respectfully

Making a furlough claim for your business and want to make the process a whole lot easier?

COVID-Secure Workplaces

Keeping your people safe and your business operational

If your people cannot work from home, we ensure you have the appropriate safety measures in place to protect your workforce and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Our support includes:

  • Partnering with health and safety experts to conduct a thorough workplace audit, highlighting any risks and mitigating them where possible
  • Implementing appropriate interventions to keep your staff safe at work, including social distancing, sanitisation and COVID-19 testing
  • Developing a quick response strategy in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in the workplace
  • Managing transitions back to the office when restrictions are eased

Redundancy Management and Support

Is coronavirus forcing you to let staff go?

If your small business is facing redundancies, our experts can ensure the whole process is carried out fairly, sensitively, and within employment law boundaries.

Our HR specialists will plan and manage your entire redundancy process, including:

  • Understanding the drivers for redundancies and ensuring all alternative options are exhausted
  • Briefing your people
  • Conducting consultation meetings
  • Dealing with all administration
  • Handling any appeals
  • Reducing financial risk to your business, including claims of unfair dismissal or constructive dismissal
  • Ensuring your people are treated kindly and respectfully throughout a difficult process

Want smart COVID-19 advice for your business?

Your furlough questions answered

To help you out, we’ve put together this handy FAQ covering all the furlough basics (we’re good like that).

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme — or furlough scheme — is a UK government scheme designed to reduce redundancies and protect jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

Furlough leave enables employers severely affected by COVID-19 to keep their employees on the payroll without them working at all. The scheme enables employers to claim a portion of the furloughed employees’ wages from the government, reducing financial strain on their business.
Flexible furlough — also known as part-time furlough — allows employers to top-up employees wages where coronavirus has forced a reduction in working hours.

With flexible furlough, employees are paid by employees for the hours they work as usual. For the hours they are not working, employers can claim a portion of lost wages in furlough pay.

Flexible furlough is designed to allow a part-time return to work, while reducing all parties’ financial strain.

Employers can apply for the furlough scheme when:

  • Your business or charity has been adversely affected by COVID-19 and you cannot maintain your workforce
  • You created and started a PAYE payroll scheme on or before 30th October 2020, enrolled for PAYE online or have a UK bank account.

You cannot claim if:

  • Your staff costs are covered by public funding
You can claim for furloughed employees who:
  • Were employed and on payroll on 30th October 2020
  • Are on any type of employment contract, including full-time, part-time, agency, flexible or zero-hour contracts
  • Cannot work because they are clinically extremely vulnerable, according to public health guidance
  • Have caring responsibilities resulting from COVID-19, including childcare caused by school and nursery closures
You cannot claim for furloughed employees who:
  • Are self-isolating or on sick leave
Currently, employers can claim 80% of an employee’s usual salary for hours not worked, up to a maximIm of £2,500 per month.
Furlough is available from a minimum of seven days.

You can make your claim through the official UK government website

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