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4th August 2020

Corinavirus – Options for Staff Having to Quarantine

Filed Under: THL News

Some people returning to the UK from overseas may need to self-isolate for 14 days, depending on the country they have travelled from.

Use the following link for up-to-date information about the self-isolation rules when returning to the UK:


Employees and workers who need to self-isolate should not leave their home to go to their workplace and should be encouraged to work from home where possible.

If the personal cannot work from home

Annual Leave
The employee may need to take extra annual leave to cover the 14 days of self-isolation.

Unpaid Leave
Where the employee has insufficient annual leave remaining, all or part of the time off required to self-isolate could be taken as unpaid leave.

Statutory Sick Pay
Employees are not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay if they are self-isolating but an employer an choose to pay them SSP if they want to.

If the employer and employee agree, and the employee has previously been furloughed, the employee could be put on furlough for the time they are self-isolating.

Granting Time Off and Cancelling Pre-Booked Holidays
If an employee wishes to change pre-booked time off, they will need to get agreement from their employer.

Employers have the right to tell their employees when to take holiday and can refuse annual leave requests if they believe the employee may need to self-isolate on their return to the UK.

We recommend that you seek professional advice from an employment lawyer should further information be required.

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14th July 2020

July 2020 Summer Economic Update Summary

Filed Under: THL News

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has delivered a 2020 Summer Economic Statement update outlining the Government’s plans to protect, support and create jobs as we enter the ‘Recovery Phase’ of the Cornavirus pandemic.


  • VAT on food, non-alcoholic drinks, accommodation and attractions in the hospitality and tourism industry is to be reduced from 20% to 5%
  • The reduction takes effect from 15 July 2020 until 12 January 2021

 Furlough (Job Retention Bonus Scheme)

  • Employers will get £1,000 for every furloughed employee they bring back to full time employment from November to January
  • Employees returning to work under the scheme need to earn on average at least £520 per month between the end of the Job Retention Scheme and the end of January 2021
  • The Job Retention Scheme will end in October

 Kick Start Scheme (16-24 year olds)

  • People aged 16-24 on Universal Credit will be eligible for six month work placements funded by the Government
  • The scheme will be open to funding applications from August 2020, with the first jobs starting in Autumn
  • Employers taking young people on will be funded to the tune of 100% of the minimum wage for 25 hours a week
  • Firms topping up wages beyond that if they want to will receive a £1,000 admin fee

 Supporting Jobs

  • Businesses can receive payments of £2,000 for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25, and a £1,500 payment for each new apprentice aged 25 and over, to run from 1 August 2020 to 31 January 2021

 Eat Out to Help Out

  • During August, every diner can receive a 50% discount of up to £10 per head on their meal, at any participating and eligible food service establishment

 Stamp Duty

  • Effective immediately, the Government will temporarily increase the Nil Rate Band of Residential SDLT to £500,000


  • The Government will provide at least £2 for every £1 spent by homeowners and landlords to make properties more energy efficient, up to £5,000 per household

If you would like more information on any of the points the Chancellor announced or how the plans affect your business, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team at THL.

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3rd April 2020

Important legislation changes to consider for 2020/2021 Tax Year (06 April 2020)

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  • There will be no tax code points uplift this year with the personal allowance remaining £12,500 per annum
  • The Employment Allowance will increase to £4,000 from £3,000 (subject to relevant criteria)
  • Holiday pay for casual workers, including zero-hour contracts, will now be calculated based on average weekly earnings over 52 weeks, instead of 12
  • The introduction of Statutory Bereavement Pay (SPBD) following the death of a child (subject to relevant criteria)
  • Increase in National Minimum & Living Wage:


  • Increase in Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) – £95.85
  • Increase in Statutory Maternity/Paternity/Adoption & Shared Parental Leave(SMP/SPP/SAP/ShPP) – £151.20
  • The earnings trigger of £10,000 and contribution percentages of 3% employer & 5% employee will remain the same for the purposes of Auto Enrolment, but the lower and upper levels have changed.

In light of Covid-19 virus, HM Revenue & Customs have advised that workers will receive Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from their first day off, not the fourth. It was also announced in the budget, that companies with less then 250 employees would be able to reclaim Statutory Sick Payments made as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak; we await further information on this.



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