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.
On 4 April 2020 HMRC published updated guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, confirming that to be eligible for the grant, employers must provide written confirmation of furlough status to employees.
The Coronavirus Act 2020 introduces a measure known as Emergency Volunteering Leave to assist the Health and Social Care system in response to the outbreak of coronavirus.
On 26 March 2020 HMRC published helpful and detailed guidance about claiming wages through their Job Retention Scheme and the Labour Relations Agency has developed a template letter for employers to use for furloughed workers.
This article looks at the Job Retention Scheme announced by the Government, one of a range of financial support measures for employers.
The Government has introduced a number of measures to support employers financially during these challenging times for organisations resulting from the spread of COVID-19.
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