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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended to April 2021

17 Dec 2020Eamonn McKee Employment and HR (COVID19), COVID19 UpdatesHR, Covid-19

The government announced on 17 December that the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of April 2021

Guidance on the latest coronavirus restrictions in NI

27 Nov 2020Alex Hastings COVID19 Updates, Running your Organisation (COVID19)HR

The guidance produced by the Northern Ireland Executive sets out the coronavirus restrictions taking effect from 11 December 2020.

Updated Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance hub

20 Nov 2020Eamonn McKee Employment and HR (COVID19)HR, Covid-19

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance has been updated to reflect the extension of the scheme until March 2021

LRA publishes helpful guide on home working

9 Nov 2020Alex Hastings Employment and HR (COVID19), Running your Organisation (COVID19)HR

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.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) extended to March

6 Nov 2020Eamonn McKee Employment and HR (COVID19)HR, Covid-19

On 5 November, the Chancellor announced that the Job Retention Scheme (furlough scheme) will be extended to the end of March 2021. 

Coronavirus Job Rentention Scheme (CJRS) November extension

2 Nov 2020Alex Hastings Employment and HR (COVID19)HR, Covid-19

On 31 October 2020 the government announced an extension to the CJRS scheme for furloughing workers until December 2020. 

About the updated Government Job Support Scheme (POSTPONED)

23 Oct 2020Alex Hastings Employment and HR (COVID19)HR, Covid-19

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. 

New COVID-19 guide for employers

22 Sep 2020Alex Hastings Employment and HR (COVID19)HR

The Public Health Agency has produced a new guide: 'COVID-19 in a business setting - a quick guide for employers'.

Payscales for 2020/21

28 Aug 2020Alex Hastings HRHR, NJC Payscales

The National Joint Council for Local Government Services pay agreement has been confirmed, with a cost of living increase of 2.75% from 01 April 2020.

HR mentoring support for small charities – CIPD offer to NICVA members

23 Jul 2020Shauna O'Neill COVID 19, Employment and HR (COVID19), HRHR, Employment

Navigating through the workplace and people challenges caused by Covid-19 can be difficult.  This is particularly the case for small charities – many of whom have either a limited or no HR function.