Coronavirus Support for Employers

Financial support is available to businesses affected by employment issues due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Government advice on social distancing during coronavirus applies to all businesses and employers.

Find out more about working safely during coronavirus.

Government schemes

If you are a small or medium-sized business, you may be entitled to reclaim the costs of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for sickness absence due to coronavirus.

Visit the GOV.UK website to check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme applies to all UK employers with a pay as you earn (PAYE) scheme that was created and started on or before 28 February 2020. Your business will be able to access support to continue paying part of your employees' salary, for those who would otherwise have been furloughed (placed on temporary leave) because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Visit the GOV.UK website to check if you can claim for your employees' wages.

Rules on carrying over annual leave have been relaxed to support key industries during the coronavirus outbreak. Workers will be able to carry over their annual leave allowance into the next two leave years.

Visit the GOV.UK website for information about rules on carrying over annual leave.

Working Tax Credits payments will be increased from 6 April 2020. As part of a number of measures to support the country during the coronavirus pandemic, the basic element of Working Tax Credit has been increased by £1,045 to £3,040 from 6 April 2020 until 5 April 2021.

Visit the GOV.UK website for information on the increase to Working Tax Credits.

Advice for employers

HMRC is delivering a programme of webinars on measures to support employers, employees and the self-employed through this period of disruption.

Visit the HMRC YouTube channel to watch a recorded webinar on Coronavirus - helping employers to support employees.  

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) provides free Employment Law advice for business owners and employers. ACAS offers webinars providing practical advice for employers to help manage the impact of coronavirus in the workplace.

You can register for webinars in advance on the ACAS website.

Updates have been made to the Government's response guidance for coronavirus apprenticeship programmes. This includes new information on continuing training and end point assessment for furloughed apprentices, and pausing new funding audits.

Visit the GOV.UK website for information on providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus outbreak.

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