ACAS - Coronavirus updates and webinar
Acas Coronavirus advice for employers and employees(this will open in a new window) has been updated. It includes new details on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), use of holiday leave, increased advice around hygiene in the workplace and guidance for when employees need to self-isolate.
Coronavirus, an advisory webinar for employers(this will open in a new window): Multiple dates available.
This free webinar will provide practical advice for employers to help manage the impact of Coronavirus in the workplace. It includes:
- Steps that can help reduce the spread of the virus
- Effective ways of communicating with employees
- Self-isolating, time off, sickness certification and sick pay
- Altering working hours, shift patterns and working arrangements
- Remote working and the use of technology.
Public sector organisations
The government expects that the scheme will not be used by many public sector organisations, as most public sector employees are continuing to provide essential public services or contribute to the response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Where employers receive public funding for staff costs, and that funding is continuing, we expect employers to use that money to continue to pay staff in the usual fashion – and correspondingly not furlough them. This also applies to non-public sector employers who receive public funding for staff costs.
Organisations who are receiving public funding specifically to provide services necessary to respond to COVID-19 are not expected to furlough staff.
In a small number of cases, for example where organisations are not primarily funded by the government and whose staff cannot be redeployed to assist with the coronavirus response, the scheme may be appropriate for some staff.
If any CCP funded providers are considering this, please contact Kate Kelman.