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29 July, 2020 Open access

Penalties for failing to notify HMRC about overpayments from Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

New guidance advises amount of penalty will depend on whether person knew they were ineligible when they received grant

29 July, 2020 Open access

Select Committee calls on government to learn lessons from gaps in support to workers during coronavirus lockdown

Committee Chair expresses concern that problems with support, including for pregnant women, freelancers and agency workers, were raised repeatedly 'and yet these warnings continued to go unheeded'

29 July, 2020 Open access

‘Premature’ closure of CJRS will push unemployment rate to 10 per cent, says NIESR

Institute comments that extending scheme beyond October 2020 would have been 'relatively inexpensive' and that, by reducing unemployment, it 'might have paid for itself'

28 July, 2020 Open access

Claims worth almost £40bn have been made to the Coronavirus Job Retention and Self-Employment Income Support schemes

Weekly HMRC statistics show that value of claims has increased by almost £2bn since previous week, solely due to claims made under the CJRS

23 July, 2020 Open access

Government rejects call from MPs to ‘fill the gaps’ in the Job Retention and Self-Employment Income Support schemes

Chancellor say that those unable to access the schemes can look for support from the 'many measures we have launched to make sure people get help at this time'

22 July, 2020 Open access

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has paid out almost £30 billion since its launch in April 2020

New HMRC statistics also show that claims to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme total a further £7.8 billion

22 July, 2020

Narrowing the scope of exceptions to applicability of National Minimum Wage Act 1998 for people working offshore

New statutory instrument limits exception to people working on ships that are exercising 'right of innocent passage' or 'right of transit passage'

17 July, 2020

Acas reports that early conciliation resolved more than three quarters of employment disputes without leading to an employment tribunal in 2019/2020

In addition, conciliation resulted in settlement in more than half of cases where claims to the employment tribunal were finalised

17 July, 2020 Open access

Scottish Government announces additional £100 million funding for employment support and training in response to coronavirus outbreak

Economy Secretary also confirms that Fair Start employment support service has been extended by two years to March 2023

16 July, 2020 Open access

Legal proceedings issued against Chancellor arguing that implementation of SEISS discriminates against women

Responding to pre-action protocol letter, Rishi Sunak suggests that dip in profits due to pregnancy or maternity is no different to ill-health or holiday

14 July, 2020 Open access

1.2 million employers were furloughing employees as at 12 July 2020

New HMRC figures also show that 2.7 million claims have been made to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

9 July, 2020

Pregnancy and Maternity (Redundancy Protection) Bill receives its first reading

Bill seeks to prohibit redundancy during, and for six months after, pregnancy and maternity leave

9 July, 2020

More than a third of employment tribunal claimants say that they were left dissatisfied with the workings of the system

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy publishes findings from recent survey of employment tribunal applications

7 July, 2020 Open access

Claims worth more than £35bn have been made to the Coronavirus Job Retention and Self-Employment Income schemes

New HMRC figures also highlight that 9.4 million jobs have been furloughed and there have been 2.7 million claims for support from self employed people

6 July, 2020 Open access

Government should extend parental leave and pay for all new parents affected by COVID-19 pandemic, says Select Committee

Committee says government needs to 'follow the science and stay alert' to the support needs of new parents if it is to avoid the effects of the pandemic continuing to impact on families for years to come

2 July, 2020 Open access

Treasury Committee chair seeks confirmation from Chancellor of whether CJRS or SEISS flexibilities might be introduced in response to local lockdowns

Mel Stride says that, for new lockdown measures to succeed, people and businesses within any affected area must feel that they are being materially supported

2 July, 2020 Open access

More than two thirds of furloughed employees received wage top-ups from their employers in addition to CJRS payments during first two weeks of June

New ONS figures also show that just under a quarter of the workforce were on furlough in the same period

1 July, 2020 Open access

Flexible furlough scheme begins, allowing employers to bring back furloughed workers on a part-time basis

New rules mean that employers can bring furloughed employees back to work for any amount of time and any work pattern, while still being able to claim a CJRS grant for hours not worked

30 June, 2020 Open access

Total value of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claims rises to more than £25 billion

Weekly HMRC statistics also show that number of employees furloughed increased by 100,000 in week up to 21 June 2020, taking the total furloughed since the scheme launched to 9.3 million