Coronavirus (COVID-19) hub
Late on 26 March, Government produced the detailed guidance on the Job Retention Scheme. It explicitly states it is available to all employers, including recruitment agencies, and covers agency workers on PAYE. The REC legal team’s full analysis of the Job Retention Scheme guidance is available here, alternatively our short summary of the scheme is available here.
This hub is your one-stop shop for everything your recruitment business needs to know about the Coronavirus outbreak. It's structured to give you the latest information and advice on:
- What Government has said, including business support it has offered so far, and what you need to do next. This section includes our latest legal advice.
- Our campaign priorities to government – including how you can offer your support.
- Broader business advice on managing during times of crisis.
We are regularly updating this page and the linked resources, so bookmark this hub and check the page frequently to ensure you have all the latest information.
Click here to watch Neil Carberry's video summarising how we are supporting REC members and the whole recruitment industry.
Latest news - 27 March 2020 AFTERNOON BRIEFING:
- Government will allow workers to carry over unused annual leave for two years, read details here.
- We have drafted a temporary homeworking policy - for use during the Coronavirus pandemic
- We will issue a summary of the announcement on self-employment for members.
- No new updates on:
- SSP reclaim - who is an employee? Are agency workers included?
- Can SSP be paid from day one yet?
- Details about furlough for self-employed
- Volunteer payments
We have to wait for regulations to be released before we can advise members on the specifics of the proposals made by the Prime Minister over the last few weeks. All of the information that we currently have from government is included in our various guidance pieces on this hub. We will update them once we have more information.
- The Coronavirus Bill has now been passed into law - however further provisions for SSP (furloughed workers, refund of SSP payments, changes to the eligibility criteria for SSP, volunteer payments) still require further legislation.
- We have created a one stop shop guide listing the government support that will be available.
What Government support is available?
In this section, you will find all the latest announcements and what this means for your business, including our most up-to-date legal advice. If you need any support accessing these documents, please contact your REC account manager or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
26 March 2020 - Check out our simple summary guide to all the support available here.
Statutory Sick Pay:
Top Tip: Have a look at our 'Treasure Map' so you can always find all our essential legal resources, from Covid-19, IR35 to Key Information Documents, and more!
What else are we asking Government to do?
Now is the time for our industry to come together to make sure Government prioritise the issues that matter the most to you, your staff, your candidates and your clients. Cashflow has been the overwhelming priority but we know there is going to be more to come. We’re backing #TeamRecruitment to get through this but we need your voice if we are going to make a difference.
If you want to join our campaign,contact us via email@example.com
- Now is the Time to Protect Jobs - the REC took soundings from across our membership to produce a “call to action” to government.
- REC’s letter to the Prime Minister on Coronavirus business support – published 16 March
- We were pleased government listened to reason and IR35 change in the private sector have been delayed until 6 April 2021 in light of Coronavirus. See the IR35 hub for more details.
- On 23 March, the Prime Minister has announced you must stay home, unless you need to go out for a specified reason and, where possible, work from home. The REC is calling for online Right to Work checks as a pragmatic alternative to face to face checks.
Business advice at a time of uncertainty
The REC is by your side and we’re increasing our resources to members and our community at this time. These include:
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- REC labour market intelligence – in particular, watch out for employer sentiment on hiring intentions via Jobs Outlook (next update – 27 March).
- We learnt a lot from the Great Recession of 2008/9 on what it takes to build a resilient recruitment business, some of those tools are worth a fresh look now:
- Delivering customer service excellence – in difficult times, it is outstanding customer service that helps you win out over the competition. This practical guide may be particularly useful if colleagues are working remotely and need a refresher about best practice.