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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Updates

On Friday the government updated their retention scheme guidance for the Public Sector:

The government expects that the scheme will not be used by many public sector organisations, as the majority of public sector employees are continuing to provide essential public services or contribute to the response to the coronavirus outbreak. (more…)

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Coronavirus Self Employment Income Support Scheme- Overview

Download our overview of the Coronavirus self employment income support scheme here: Self Employment Income Support Scheme

If you have any questions please email info@burgesshodgson.co.uk

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme- Overview

Download our overview of the Coronavirus job retention scheme here: Job Retention scheme overview

If you have any questions please email payroll@burgesshodgson.co.uk

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Self Employed Guidance and Job Retention Scheme

Following the announcement yesterday of financial support for the self-employed the government has now published some further detail as to how the scheme will operate. This guidance can be found at –www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

In addition to this HMRC have now published further details regarding the Coranavirus Job Retention Scheme. This gives further detail regarding the process of ‘furloughing’ employees and how wages paid to ‘furloughed’ employees will be reimbursed by the government. This guidance can be found at  www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

Guidance for employees as follows:


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Support for Self Employed

The government has today announced initial details to support the self-employed during the Coronavirus crisis. Further details of the scheme will follow in the coming weeks but the main features of the scheme as announced are as follows; (more…)

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Updated Guidance on Support for Businesses

The government has today updated guidance on support for businesses during the Coronavirus crisis. This guidance is now provided via a dedicated site which can be found at www.businesssupport.gov.uk/

Further detailed guidance is expected over the coming days and weeks but are starting to obtain some additional detail on some of the new measures. This includes the following; (more…)

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Gender Pay Reporting Suspended

Employers with over 250 employees are required to publish statutory calculations each year, by 30 March for Public Sector and 4 April for Private and Voluntary Sectors, showing how large the pay gap is between their male and female employees.

In a statement today, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) said it has suspended enforcement of the gender pay gap deadlines this year in the wake of the challenge presented to employers by Coronavirus. ​This means they will not investigate any employers failing to report their pay gap. (more…)

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Job Retention Scheme and SSP Reclaim

Current information regarding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and SSP Reclaim is as follows:

SSP – Businesses with less than 250 employees, will be entitled to reclaim SSP from day one, up to day 14 for employees self isolating or with coronavirus symptoms.  Directors of Limited Businesses can also reclaim. SSP.- Currently HMRC are yet to confirm how this will be reclaimed.

PAYE payments – HMRC Update and dedicated helpline for companies that have issues with making PAYE payments.


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Statutory Sick Pay

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is payable for up to 28 weeks, at a rate of £94.25 per week.  It is paid for the days an employee normally works (called ‘qualifying days’) and is paid in the same way as normal wages, on the same paydate, with applicable tax and national insurance deductions.

Some companies may offer a company sick pay scheme where enhanced amounts are paid (such as full pay) but a scheme can not pay less than SSP.

To qualify for SSP, employees must satisfy the following requirements;


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