New Job Support Scheme (24 September 2020)

Today, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the headline details of his Winter Economy Plan in recognition that the virus restrictions are likely to continue for the next 6 months and that the corresponding impact on business continues to be huge. The Chancellor stated that it is right to end the Furlough /Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme […]

The PHA has published a new Short Guide by way of a flowchart called ‘COVID-19 in a business setting: A Quick Guide for Employers.’ This new Guide provides an overview of what businesses should do if someone tests positive and helpfully confirms that there is no need to close if one person tests positive. It also sets out guidance for what happens if there is […]

Apprentice Recovery Package (11 September 2020)

On 4 September 2020, the Department for the Economy announced a new Apprenticeship Recovery Package made up of 3 elements: Apprenticeship Return, Retain & Result Scheme Recruitment of New Apprenticeships Apprenticeship Challenge Fund Further details were released on 11 September, the main provisions of which are summarized in this commentary. The overall announcement can be […]

Covid-19 Testing Guidance for Employers

Whilst this Guide only applies to England it states that equivalent guidance will be published for Northern Ireland. Therefore we can expect similar provisions being made. The Guide sets out the legal and regulatory provisions for operating any testing programmes and covers: Legislation, regulations and best practice Virus and antibody testing How to interpret test […]

Apprenticeship Recovery Package (4 September 2020)

The Department of Economy announced today an Apprenticeship Recovery Package as part of their Apprenticeship Return, Retain and Result initiative. Limited details have been provided today with further details due in the coming days. The details available so far are: Employers will be offered £3,700 for every apprentice they return from furlough and retain until […]


As Members will be aware, in view of the ongoing public health situation we made the decision to cancel our Annual Employment Law & HR Conference earlier this year. Although we are unable to hold the event in person, we will be providing some of the most important sessions from the Conference via an online […]