Please see the most recent COVID-19 bulletin below.
Temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the drivers’ hours rules: delivery of essential items to retailers
In response to pressures on local and national supply chains, the Department for Transport has introduced a temporary and limited urgent relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales. This temporary relaxation will apply from 12:01am on 10 December 2020 and will run until 11:59pm on 30 December 2020. Find out about who the relaxation applies to and information on using the relaxation here.
Business evictions ban extended until March 2021
Business owners affected by the pandemic will be protected from eviction until the end of March 2021. This final extension to protections from the threat of eviction will give landlords and tenants 3 months to come to an agreement on unpaid rent. Further guidance to support negotiations between landlords and tenants will also be published shortly. A review of commercial landlord and tenant legislation has also been announced, to address concerns that the current framework does not reflect the current economic conditions. More information is available here.
Quarantine Exception for a senior executive working in England, bringing significant economic benefit to the UK: Senior executives can temporarily leave quarantine in England if they are undertaking business activities which are likely to be of significant economic benefit to the UK. Find out who is exempted; how to comply with the exemption and examples of activity that would or would not likely to qualify for an exemption here.
The full guidance for claims from November onwards, including how you can check if you’re eligible and how to calculate and make a claim online, can be found here.
Working safely during coronavirus updates:
Guidance for businesses and organisations on how to recognise, contain and report incidents of coronavirus: this page has been updated with a section ‘Early outbreak management action card example’. Check updated information contained within the “action card” here
PPE portal- How to order Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): The page is updated with order limits for domiciliary care providers. Eligible health and social care providers can order PPE through the portal to meet the increased need that has arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The current order limits for different types and sizes of eligible health and social care providers can be found here.
Health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce: This page has been updated to reflect current guidance on health and wellbeing and the new local tier restrictions. This advice is for those working in adult social care on managing their mental health and how employers can take care of the wellbeing of their staff during the coronavirus outbreak. Check the update.
Statutory Sick Pay eligibility for those self-isolating or shielding due to coronavirus:
Small and medium employers can reclaim up to two weeks of SSP paid per employee for absences related to COVID-19.
Level 3 Qualifications offer and update on Skills Bootcamps
Department for Education Announces: Level 3 qualifications offer and update on Skills Bootcamps
The Lifetime Skills Guarantee aims to transform the adult education system. As part of this:
Additionally, new Skills Bootcamps offer flexible courses of just 12-16 weeks, giving adults aged 19+, the opportunity to build sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer. These short digital and technical courses will enable employers to play a leading role in the skills system and fill skills gaps at local levels. Currently available in six regions, Skills Bootcamps will expand into new areas and subjects in 2021. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-skills-fund.