Lambert Roper & Horsfield Limited Accountants Calderdale, Huddersfield
Business Services

Most businesses are very good at providing the products and services that their customers need – but running a business involves much more than that.

Click here to find out more...

Private Clients

The financial world is a complicated place and there are times when you’ll need some expert help.

Click here to find out more...

Wealth Management

When it comes to your finances, taking time out to seek expert advice is always a wise investment.

Click here to find out more...

Specialist Services

We also provide specialist services to a range of other clients.

Click here to find out more...

You are here: Home » Covid-19 » Employment

Employment


Many businesses will be struggling with a variety of issues due to the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, but a key consideration for many will be employment costs and staff safety.

The Government has taken significant steps to help businesses protect jobs by introducing measures that seek to subsidise wages and provide refunds for those on sick pay as a result of the virus.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Chancellor has announced a scheme to reimburse up to 80 per cent of the cost of the wages of ‘furloughed workers’ up to £2,500 per employee per month.

This scheme will initially run for three months from 1 March 2020 and will be backdated. The Scheme will be administered by HMRC and all UK businesses and charities will be eligible.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has now published detailed guidance for operation of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which confirms that:

  • The scheme applies only to workers who were on the payroll on 28 February 2020;
  • Workers made redundant since 28 February 2020 can be included in the scheme, if you agree to take them back on; and
  • The scheme covers full-time and part-time employees, employees on agency contacts and employees on flexible or zero-hour contracts.

Read the guidance for employers on the HMRC website

Read the guidance for employees on the HMRC website

If businesses are unable to wait until the scheme is fully implemented then they may wish to seek immediate financial assistance via the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme to support cash flow in the meantime.

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

Anyone who contracts Coronavirus, or who is required to self-isolate under the Government’s current guidance may be entitled to statutory sick pay (SSP).

Only qualifying employees, whose average weekly earnings are above £118 are entitled to SSP. SSP is paid at a rate of £94.25 per week.

Full details of the new measures can also be found on our COVID-19 Business Support Hub.

The Government has provided further advice to employees, which can be found by clicking here.

Contractual Sick Pay

It may be necessary to pay additional sick pay in circumstances where this is provided for in a contract of employment, in the employee handbook, or even where it is usual practice to do so.

Layoffs owing to reduced work

It is possible that businesses, especially those in certain sectors, will see a reduced workload as a consequence of Coronavirus.

In these circumstances, and where allowed for in the contract of employment, employees can be laid off temporarily.

Employees who are laid off must be paid a guaranteed payment of up to £29 a day, for five days in any three-month period up to a maximum of £145. After four weeks, employees may be able to request that they are made redundant.

In most cases, businesses are likely to make use of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme now that it is available to employers.

Here to Help

If you require assistance with your payroll or have queries regarding any of these measures, please contact our team today.

The New LRH Client Portal


We are delighted to announce that the LRH client portal (powered by Onvio, a Thomson Reuters company) is now fully operational… Continue reading →

Get in touch!


Telephone: 01422 360788

Email: mail@lrh.co.uk