techUK Bulletin, 8 June: COVID-19 Taskforce

This week’s bulletin focuses on:

  • Face coverings
  • Trade Credit Insurance
  • Job Retention Scheme timeline
  • Quarantine at the border

techUK's dedicated mailbox is open for any queries, questions and concerns you may have.

For more information and the latest guidance please visit techUK’s COVID-19 information hub which is updated daily. 


Face coverings

 

Wearing face coverings on public transport will be mandatory in England from Monday 15th June. Guidance is available here. The Government continues to encourage people to avoid public transport as much as possible.

 


Trade Credit Insurance

 

Trade Credit Insurance will receive up to £10 billion of government guarantees.

The Trade Credit Reinsurance scheme, which has been agreed following extensive discussions with the insurance sector, will see the vast majority of Trade Credit Insurance coverage maintained across the UK.

The scheme is available on a temporary basis for nine months, backdated to 1 April 2020, and available to insurers operating in the UK market.


Job Retention Scheme timelines

 

From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim for their normal hours not worked.

The scheme will close to new entrants from 30 June. From this point onwards, employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed for a full 3 week period prior to 30 June.

This means that the final date by which an employer can furlough an employee for the first time will be 10 June, in order for the current 3 week furlough period to be completed by 30 June.

More information can be found here. Further guidance on flexible furloughing and how employers should calculate claims is expected on 12 June.


Quarantine at the border

 

From today new measures at the border have been introduced. All arrivals – bar a short list of exemptions will be required to complete an online locator form to supply contact details, travel details and the address of where they will self-isolate for 14 days. Where international travellers are unable to safely self-isolate in their own accommodation the Government will support them finding appropriate accommodation at their own expense.

Passengers arriving in the UK will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and could be contacted regularly throughout this period to ensure compliance. Anyone failing to comply with the mandatory conditions may face enforcement action. A breach of self-isolation would be punishable with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice in England or potential prosecution and unlimited fine.

The rules do not apply to those travelling from within the CTA (Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands) - unless they have arrived in the CTA from overseas within the last 14 days.


How we are supporting our members

 

techUK continues to support our members and the wider tech industry through this period.

Please visit  techUK’s COVID-19 Information Hub for the latest information and guidance. techUK also continues its work supporting Government.

If you wish to make an offer of support you can do so by emailing our dedicated inbox.

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