COVID 19

Government Guidance as Further Lockdown Measures are Put in Place

This week there is an obvious concern in the UK regarding the second wave of Covid-19 infections.

Park City’s team have waited until the end of the week to summarise the Business relevant guidance and provide it in one location for you and your management team to access.

Our team have received increasing calls for advice and help due to test and trace contacts within the employee base at work and from managers grappling with how to respond to positive cases at work and staff self-isolating. There are many aspects to consider when implementing your business response to covid-19 cases at work, we are here to help and support you, and with our personally tailored approach, you have our commitment to provide the support your need.

The end of the job retention scheme and the additional schemes that will attempt to fill the gap for some businesses have also resulted in an increase in added support and assistance, for some, the business dynamics have resulted in the need to reduce costs in the absence of Government support, this is difficult for leaders and staff alike, our team have and will support business leaders and managers in a sensitive and professional way ensuring that due process if followed and every opportunity is explored before those difficult decisions are made. Call us if you need help and support or you just need to share your concerns with a sympathetic and supportive professional team, just call.

Here is the Business relevant guidance you need to be aware of;

New Local Alert Levels.

Coronavirus update on areas in local COVID alert levels

Summary
Statement to Parliament about the government’s local action strategy and areas in England that will move into local COVID alert level high from Saturday 17 October.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
12:39pm, 15 October 2020

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Posters detailing the requirements for the three alert levels.

It’s important that business leaders ensure they know what their local area alert level is and how it might change. Links below.

Local COVID Alert Level Posters

Summary
A series of graphical posters displaying information about the Local COVID Alert Level.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
11:15am, 13 October 2020

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Local restrictions: areas with an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Summary
Information on local COVID alert levels.

Change made
Added local COVID alert level pages for ‘medium’, ‘high’, ‘very high’ and ‘very high (Liverpool City Region)’, and added news story on the new local COVID alert levels system.

Time updated
10:56am, 13 October 2020

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Clients in VERY HIGH alert areas:

Local COVID Alert Level: Very High

Summary
Find out what restrictions are in place if you live in an area where the Local COVID Alert Level is Very High.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
11:44pm, 12 October 2020

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Clients in High alert areas.

Local COVID Alert level: High

Summary
Find out what restrictions are in place if you live in an area where the Local COVID Alert level is High.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
11:05pm, 12 October 2020

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Clients in Medium alert areas.

Local COVID Alert level: Medium

Summary
Find out what restrictions are in place if you live in an area where the Local COVID Alert level is Medium.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
10:50pm, 12 October 2020

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Personal Advice for all, Employers and Employees.

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

Summary
Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

Change made
Added information on actions to take in case of a negative test result, enforcement of self-isolation, and aerosol transmission.

Time updated
3:43pm, 9 October 2020

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New recruitment support.

Please call your trade association and local business member associations as many are grouping opportunities together from individual businesses to reach the 30 job requirement.

Apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant: 30 or more job placements

Summary
If you are an employer looking to create 30 or more jobs placements for young people, apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

Change made
Added translation

Time updated
9:29am, 14 October 2020

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Apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant: 29 or less job placements

Summary
If you are an employer looking to create 29 or less jobs placements for young people, apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
5:32pm, 9 October 2020

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Find someone to apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant on your behalf

Summary
Find a Kickstart gateway in England, Scotland or Wales who have expressed interest in helping employers get a Kickstart Scheme grant.

Change made
New entries added to all regions.

Time updated
3:26pm, 9 October 2020

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Transport Operators.

Added Risk Assessment and Safe working guidance as a result of high alert levels.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer transport guidance for operators

Summary
Safer working principles and risk assessment for transport operators and organisations.

Change made
Added information on local COVID alert levels.

Time updated
12:15am, 14 October 2020

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For our School, Education and Nursery sector.

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care

Summary
Preventing and controlling infection, including the use of PPE, in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak.

Change made
Updated to include new guidance on the test and trace process, social care visits, shielding, staff who have been in close contact with a positive case and the use of face coverings.

Time updated
4:38pm, 13 October 2020

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Test and Trace. Support payments and Keeping visitor records.

Test and Trace Support Payment scheme: claiming financial support

Summary
Who can claim the support and how to apply.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
2:49pm, 12 October 2020

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Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace

Summary
Designated venues in certain sectors must have a system in place to request and record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff to help break the chains of transmission of coronavirus.

Change made
Updated to add further clarification on the venues in scope of the policy. Also added guidance to hospitality venues on how to verify whether an individual has checked in on the NHS COVID-19 app.

Time updated
5:52pm, 9 October 2020

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Job Retention, Support and Payment Schemes.

Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to Covid Restrictions

Summary
The government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions, the Chancellor announced today, 9 October.

Change made
Amendments to the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme and rateable value of properties.

Time updated
11:02am, 12 October 2020

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Job Support Scheme:

This Job Support Scheme factsheet explains what is covered by the grant, which employers and employees are eligible, and how to claim.

The Job Support Scheme is designed to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to Covid-19, to help keep their employees attached to the workforce. The scheme will open on 1 November 2020 and run for 6 months.

The company will continue to pay its employee for time worked, but the cost of hours not worked will be split between the employer, the Government (through wage support) and the employee (through a wage reduction), and the employee will keep their job.

The Government will pay a third of hours not worked up to a cap, with the employer also contributing a third. This will ensure employees earn a minimum of 77% of their normal wages, where the Government contribution has not been capped.

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New guidance on £9 billion Job Retention Bonus, set to benefit millions of businesses

Summary
Further information has been published today on how businesses can claim the government’s Job Retention Bonus, with millions set to benefit from the £9 billion package.

Change made
First published.

Time updated
3:50pm, 2 October 2020

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That’s this weeks update for now! We anticipate additional guidance possible today (16/10/2020) on the details and mechanics of how the Job Support scheme, at that point our team will review it and send you all the required update, as ever all our consultants are available to take calls and offer advice, even over the weekend.

Local lockdown restrictions will no doubt increase over the coming weeks, the prospect of a National lockdown is real and the pressure is mounting on the Government to implement that approach, however, you are no alone and Park City and our awesome team are here for you to support, advise, implement and just listen to your unique business issues.

Look out for more updates from Park City Consulting. 

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