Employment and HR (COVID19)
Distilled and relevant guidance for voluntary and community organisations managing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will endeavour to keep our information on HR and Employment up to date during this time however we have provided links below to the key and authoritative sources of information, such as the Government and other organisations on the impact of the Coronavirus:
- Government website - Business Support information
- NIBusinessinfo website - NI Business Support information
- HMRC website - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and furlough
- Public Health Agency website - Coronavirus information for specific workplaces
Employer guidance on a range of matters, including dealing with the impact of coronavirus is available on the Labour Relations Agency Website:
NICVA's articles on various employment matters arising from the impact of Coronavirus are below. These articles are intended as guidance only. All government guidance should be followed at all times. HMRC guidance on the job retention scheme is being regularly updated so we recommend that employers review this at regular intervals to keep as up to date as possible with the most recent guidance available.
The government announced on 17 December that the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of April 2021
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance has been updated to reflect the extension of the scheme until March 2021
The LRA (Labour Relations Agency) recently published 'A Practical Guide to Working from Home: COVID19 and beyond' to assist employers and employees who continue to work from home in uncertain times.
While we all continue to be required to work from home, NICVA continues to provide a full programme of training sessions and meetings online.
On 5 November, the Chancellor announced that the Job Retention Scheme (furlough scheme) will be extended to the end of March 2021.
A coalition of civil society leaders has written to Rishi Sunak to urge him to develop a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) fit for purpose for social change organisations.
Employees working from home due to COVID19 are eligible to apply for tax relief up to £125
On 31 October 2020 the government announced an extension to the CJRS scheme for furloughing workers until December 2020.
The Government has introduced and announced changes to the Job Support Scheme (now postponed) which will open on 01 November 2020 following the closure of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) on 31 October 2020.
The Public Health Agency has produced a new guide: 'COVID-19 in a business setting - a quick guide for employers'.
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