||Alternatives to Furlough and Redundancy
This ECA guide summarises various courses of action open to employers
wishing to avoid redundancies outside, or in addition to, the Government’s
furlough arrangements. Measures include reductions in hours and/or pay, annual
holidays, leave on reduced or no pay, temporary lay-off and labour loan/secondment
arrangements. The guide also provides sample letters for employers to adapt and use.
||Employment Guidance - Dealing with Coronavirus in the Workforce
ECA employment guidance on dealing with the impact of Coronavirus
and measures to combat Coronavirus in the workforce
||ECA Furlough Guidance
ECA guidance on all aspects of furlough and the Coronavirus Job Retention
Scheme following its extension to 31st March 2021. Provides overview of
relevant UK Government guidance; frequently asked questions and answers;
and, sample letters for employers to adapt and use, covering flexible furlough,
full-time furlough and returning to work.
||HMRC guidance: Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job
Provides checklists of information required in order to submit a claim
using the HMRC online claims portal.
||HMRC guidance: Check if you can claim for your employees' wages
through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Covers employer eligibility requirements; the form and content of
furlough/ flexible furlough agreements, including minimum furlough periods;
and, employment rights and income tax/ NI treatment of workers whilst
||HMRC guidance: Steps to take before calculating your claim using the
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Covers decisions about the length of claim periods; how to calculate wages
or grant claim purposes; and how to calculate furloughed and worked hours.
||HMRC guidance: Check which employees you can put on furlough
to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Covers worker eligibility requirements.
||DfE/ ESFA guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers, etc.
Includes guidance on ways to maintain apprentices’ progress despite
college closures and/or furlough.
||HMRC guidance: Reporting employees' wages to HMRC when you've claimed
through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Covers different HMRC reporting requirements, depending on whether the
grant is being used to pay wages, to reimburse wages already paid, or to top
up part-payment of wages.
||HMRC guidance: Calculate how much you can claim using the Coronavirus
Job Retention Scheme
Covers record keeping requirements and methods for various calculations,
including the maximum wage amount, 80% of the usual wage and what can be
claimed for employer pension and NI contributions.
||HMRC guidance on claiming back SSP paid to employees
Defines who is eligible and how to go about making a claim – including link to
online claims portal
||Dept of Health guidance on Coronavirus: getting tested
Defines who is eligible for a test (including construction workers) and
how to go about booking a test, either by self-referral or employer referral.
||Keeping Apprentices in Employment
This ECA guide covers various measures ECA members can take to keep their
apprentices in employment in the present unprecedented times. Options include
full and partial returns to work, furlough and flexible furlough. The guide also looks
in detail at the further option of apprentice temporary secondment to another
employer, including the benefits this can provide for all concerned and the
practical steps involved in setting such an arrangement up. Further details about
ECA’s own apprentice temporary secondment support service can be found here
||Managing Redundancy Guidance
Comprehensive ECA guidance and resources for conducting a redundancy
exercise, whether large or small. Includes step-by-step procedural guidance and
sample selection criteria, assessment form and letters. Also covers COVID-19
related considerations. Companion to ECA Collective Redundancy Consultation Guidance.
||Rishi Sunak’s Plan for Jobs – Skills and Employment Measures
This ECA guidance note summarises and reviews various measures included
in the Chancellor’s announcement on 8th July 2020 – including enhanced incentive
payments for hiring a new apprentice, extra funding for full-time courses and work
experience placements, and a new Job Retention Bonus covering previously
furloughed employees. The updated version (20th July) highlights one important
detail, which is that employers in England must be registered with the ESFA
Apprenticeship Service before hiring a new apprentice, if they wish to claim
the enhanced incentive payment.
||Collective Redundancy Consultation Guidance
Detailed ECA guidance on additional collective consultation requirements
for larger redundancies (20 or more), including COVID-19 related
considerations. Companion to ECA Managing Redundancy Guidance.