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8 September, 2020 Open access

Northern Ireland Assembly approves motion calling on the British Government to extend the furlough scheme beyond October 2020

MLAs also call for amendment of the scheme's deadlines to allow for new entries, including where businesses are forced to close as a result of clusters or further lockdowns

7 September, 2020

4 September, 2020 Open access

TUC outlines proposal for new COVID-19 Job Protection and Upskilling Scheme

New scheme would build on the lessons of the CJRS and best practice from across Europe, but come with new conditions for businesses accessing support

4 September, 2020 Open access

Northern Ireland Finance Minister urges Chancellor to extend the furlough scheme beyond October 2020

Economic recovery is still in its infancy and it will be some time before many businesses are anywhere close to being able to achieve viable trading levels, says Conor Murphy

2 September, 2020 Open access

New ‘Kickstart’ scheme launched to provide six month work placements to young people on universal credit

Government will pay 100 percent of National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week which can be topped up by employer

1 September, 2020

20 August, 2020

Almost 300,000 claims made to Self-Employment Income Support Scheme on day it reopened for the second tranche of applications

New HMRC statistics highlight that the value of claims on 17 August 2020 was in excess of £750 million

20 August, 2020

19 August, 2020

18 August, 2020

More than half of employers support the government’s policy of increasing the national living wage to two-thirds of median income

However, new research highlights concerns among employers with higher levels of low pay and in sectors hardest hit by COVID-19

17 August, 2020 Open access

Extension of SEISS to include some self-employed people whose 2018/2019 income was affected by pregnancy or parental responsibilities

Low Incomes Tax Reform Group issues new guidance as Self-Employment Income Support Scheme reopens for applications

17 August, 2020 Open access

IPPR calls for a ‘Coronavirus Work Sharing Scheme’ to replace the CJRS, warning that three million jobs could be at risk wthout continued government support beyond October 2020

Action needed to preserve viable jobs in the short-term, particularly in the event of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic or further local lockdowns

17 August, 2020

17 August, 2020

14 August, 2020

14 August, 2020 Open access

Calculation of termination payments under employment rights legislation for employees who have been furloughed in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule provides for normal wage to be used in calculations in cases where an employee has received reduced wages while on furlough

12 August, 2020 Open access

Decent work should be at heart of the UK’s recovery from coronavirus, says TUC

New report calls for government to use Employment Bill to end zero-hours contracts and introduce penalties for employers who mislead people about their employment status

12 August, 2020 Open access

Government must take action to help older workers back to work after COVID-19, says Learning and Work Institute

New report warns of a surge in long term unemployment without targeted support aimed specifically at the over-50s