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This week’s bulletin focuses on:
- Guidance on flexible furloughing
- Travel guidance for employees
- #OpenForBusiness Campaign
- Recovery roundtables
For more information and the latest guidance please visit techUK’s COVID-19 information hub which is updated daily.
Guidance on flexible furloughing
The Chancellor announced previously, 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 the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant for their normal hours not worked.
When claiming the grant for furloughed hours employers will need to report and claim for a minimum period of a week.
Further guidance on flexible furloughing and how employers should calculate claims has been published and can be found here.
Travel guidance for employees
To support businesses with employees returning to work from the Monday 15 June, the Department for Transport has developed resources for employers, which you can find here.
The above sets out some steps employers can take to help provide a safe return to work for employees on the transport network, including encouraging active travel, and travel outside peak hours.
From today, many retailers across the country will be reopening, and the Government is keen to help welcome back shoppers and celebrate the hard work businesses and retail workers are putting in to ensure their workplaces are COVID-19 Secure.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is encouraging business owners and shop workers to take photos in front of their ‘open’ sign next week and post these on their social media channels as part of the #OpenForBusiness Campaign.
To support the campaign, please do the following:
- Take a photo of yourself in front of your reopening business, preferably in front of an ‘Open’ sign
- Post the picture on your social media channels, using #openforbusiness
- Tag the Department for Business: Instagram: @beisgovuk / Twitter: @beisgovuk / Facebook: @industrialstrategygovuk
The Business Secretary will be bringing together businesses, business representative groups and academic experts to consider the measures needed to support the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19. Full details can be found here.
If you, your business or organisation would like to provide relevant insight or analysis on any of the topics covered by the Recovery Roundtables, a list of questions is available by emailing Economic.Recovery@beis.gov.uk by Wednesday 17 June.
How we are supporting our members
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.