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Executive People Update

Posted on: July 30th, 2020 by Ginny Hallam

As part of keeping you in our focus, our executive people update ensures you’re on top of the latest changes in legislation, case law and people trends. Click here for more information about how we can support you to manage the latest changes.

New legislation – redundancy payments 

It’s been announced that new legislation will come into force tomorrow (31 July 2020) to ensure that furloughed employees will receive statutory redundancy payments based on 100% of their normal pay, not at the reduced furlough rate.

Furlough contributions 

From 1 August you’ll be required to pay make NICs and pension contributions towards a furloughed employee’s pay (with the government continuing to pay 80% of wages up to £2500). From 1 September you’ll be required to contribute 10% towards those wages.

End to shielding restrictions 

From 1 August, individuals who are at significant risk if they contract coronavirus will no longer need to shield. They will still need to observe strict social distancing by minimising contact with others outside their household or support bubble. Provided your workplace is COVID-secure, shielding employees can return to work.

Furlough over-payment penalties 

The government announced on Wednesday that they would be issuing penalties for employers who have received over-payments from the Job Retention Scheme and have failed to inform HMRC. You can either:

  1. Let HMRC know as part of your next online claim if you’re continuing to furlough employees. Your next claim will be reduced to reflect the previous over-payment and you’ll need to keep a record of the adjustment for six years. Or;
  2. Contact HMRC directly to pay the money back if you’re not going to be furloughing employees further and therefore won’t be submitting another claim.

There are strict timescales within which you need to notify HMRC to avoid the penalties.

Self-isolation period extended 

The government has announced that the self-isolation period has been extended from 7, to 10 days, for anyone that has symptoms of coronavirus or has a positive test result. Anyone that has come into contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus will still have to self-isolate for 14 days.

 

This update is accurate on the date it was sent (30 July 2020), but may be subject to change which may or may not be notified to you. This update is not to be taken as advice and you should seek advice if anything contained within affects you or your business.