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On 31 October 2020, HM Treasury announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will be extended until December across the whole of the UK. This follows the announcement of further lockdown restrictions in England.

Employers are not required to have previously used the CJRS in order to benefit from the extended scheme. In order to claim, the employee in question must have been on the PAYE payroll by 23:59 on 30 October 2020.

On 5 November 2020, the Government announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until 31 March 2021. As a result, the Job Support Scheme has now been postponed until further notice.

At the end of October, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (more commonly referred to as furlough scheme) is due to come to an end. In its place, the Job Support Scheme (‘JSS’) is set to begin on 1 November 2020, and is proposed to be in place for six months.

CJRS: Job Retention Bonus

On 5 November 2020, the Government announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until 31 March 2021. As a result, the Job Retention Bonus will no longer be paid in February 2021. However, a further retention incentive may be arranged at a later date.

On 1 October 2020, the Treasury issued a Treasury Direction regarding the Job Retention Bonus. The Treasury Direction can be found here.  The Job Retention Bonus aims to “enhance and consolidate the purpose of the CJRS” by giving employers £1000 for each ‘qualifying employee’.

This week has seen the release of the Legal 500 UK Guide, this annual review of the UK’s legal market ranks the leading firms and lawyers in Scotland.

The Legal 500 report recommends the firm for its work across Scotland in six practice areas; corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, employment, oil and gas, private client and commercial real estate; with every partner working in these service areas being included in the publication. 

In total 15 Partners, 3 Senior Associates and 1 Consultant received individual commendations in the latest edition of The Legal 500 United Kingdom

Following the Chancellor’s announcement of the Job Support Scheme earlier today, the government have published a short factsheet (found here) with some further details on how the scheme will operate.

The JSS is described as a scheme to protect “viable jobs” with employers able to claim government support for wages of employees who are working at least 33% of their normal hours.

The last six months have been incredibly challenging for everyone and the impact on the property market has led to modifications in the way the sector operates. Changing guidelines and the obvious importance of health and safety has meant that regular updates on current practices are required.

The latest announcement and guidelines issued by the government week commencing 21 September 2020 in relation to house visits appeared complex and may have caused some confusion.  However, the undernoted statement provided by the Scottish government confirms that, in accordance with their new updated guidelines, we are still permitted to visit your property both to prepare marketing information and to carry out accompanied viewings. 

A number of employment law changes were introduced on the 6th April 2020.

However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, they may have been overlooked by employers and employees.  Accordingly, some of the key changes are outlined below:

On 31 July 2020, The Employment Rights Act 1996 (Coronavirus, Calculation of a Week’s Pay) Regulations 2020 came into force. These Regulations ensure that all furloughed employees receive redundancy payments at 100% of their normal pay, rather than at the reduced furlough rate.

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