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SCHOOLS TO RE-OPEN FULL-TIME FROM 11 AUGUST (30
WORKPLACE RISK ASSESSMENT TOOL. The Scottish
Government has published risk assessment guidance and a tool for
staff across all industries which should be used by employers to
support staff and line managers to understand and carry out
effective risk assessments. (27 July 2020)
THE COVID-19 PULSE CHECK REPORT: The Impact of
COVID-19 on the UK Publishing Industry provides a snapshot
of the current state of the industry (24 July 2020).
JOB RETENTION BONUS. The government will
introduce a one-off payment of £1,000 to UK employers for every
furloughed employee who remains continuously employed through to
the end of January 2021. This was included in its policy paper A
Plan for Jobs 2020 (8 July 2020). Anderson Strathern have published
an update (15 July 2020) on the job retention
scheme including the bonus.
£1.57 BILLION SUPPORT PACKAGE FOR CULTURAL AND
HERITAGE ORGANISATIONS. These new funds announced by the UK
Government include an extra £97 million for Scotland. (5 July
LIFELINE SUPPORT FOR PERFORMING ARTS
VENUES. A targeted £10 million fund to support Scotland's
performing arts venues has been announced. It will be run by
Creative Scotland, who will publish full details shortly. (3 July
CREATIVE COMMUNITIES. A new programme from
Inspiring Scotland that aims to support and empower communities to
develop cultural activities. The programme will distribute up to
£600,000 to support communities to develop new initiatives
involving culture and creative arts for the period October 2020 to
June 2021. Applications close on 12 August 2020. (1 July
HIGH STREET SHOPS RE-OPEN. The public are
being encouraged to shop local as retail businesses across the
country prepare to re-open on 29 June 2020. (29 June 2020)
RETURNING TO WORK SAFELY. The Scottish
Government has issued guidance for workers and employers on
returning to work safely. (24 June 2020)
GRADUAL INTRODUCTION OF PHASE 2 IN SCOTLAND.
This includes the provision for all retail premises with
outdoor entrances and exits to re-open from 29 June 2020. (18 June
PUBLISHING SCOTLAND'S SUBMISSION to the
Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee of the
Scottish Parliament in response to its call for views on the impact
of Covid-19 on Scotland's culture and tourism sectors. (June
UPDATES ON SELF-EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT AND JOB
RETENTION SCHEMES (29 May 2020).
- The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will
close to new entrants on 13 July 2020. The scheme
will be extended with those eligible able to claim a second and
final grant capped at £6,570 in August.
- The Job Retention Scheme will close to new
entrants on 30 June 2020. This means that the
final date by which an employer needs to agree with their employee
and ensure they place them on furlough is 10
June. From 1 July 2020, businesses will
be given the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back part
time. From 1 August employers will have to pay ER NICs and
pension contributions. The Government's contribution will further
reduce from 80% of qualifying wages (to end of August) to 70% in
September and to 60% in October.
ROUTE MAP FOR MOVING OUT OF LOCKDOWN IN
SCOTLAND. A route map setting out a phased approach to easing
lockdown restrictions while still suppressing coronavirus
(COVID-19) has been published by the Scottish Government (see the
document on the Scottish Government website).
it gives details of a gradual four-phase move out of the current
state of lockdown. (21 May 2020)
UK GOVERNMENT ADVICE ON WORKING SAFELY DURING
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19). Guidance to help employers,
employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely
during the coronavirus pandemic (11 May 2020). Includes
specific advice for offices and shops. See also Health and Safety Executive latest
advice including guidance on working safely at
CALL FOR VIEWS ON THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON
SCOTLAND'S CULTURE AND TOURISM SECTORS. The Culture, Tourism,
Europe and External Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry on
the impact of COVID-19 on Scotland's culture and tourism sectors
and is seeking your views (28 April 2020).
UK BUSINESS SUPPORT FINDER
ACAS GUIDANCE ON FURLOUGH. ACAS has updated its guidance on furlough and
qualifying start dates, following HMRC publishing new details on 15 April 2020.
ACAS also has a template furlough letter to download.
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