As part of the agreement in place between MakeUK and BMTA we are delighted to be able to offer BMTA Member companies free access to a webinar on; COVID-19 Employment law considerations: A recap and reminder.

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BEIS recent webinar on Returning to Work for Laboratories and Research Facilities is now available to watch, on demand, HERE. For those operating university laboratories, GUIDANCE has been published to help providers of higher education In England understand how to minimise risk during the coronavirus outbreak and provide services to students.

BEIS have also issued a SURVEY on how businesses are finding returning to work. This survey is to assist BEIS in understanding the issues being encountered when returning to the workplace or restarting operations. They would be grateful for your input. If you would like to keep up to date with the latest updates to government guidance, please subscribe to the Coronavirus Businesses and Employers Bulletin HERE.

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The Government updated their detailed guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme late on 12th June 2020. The updated guidance clarifies how employers can bring previously furloughed employees back to work on a part-time basis from 1 July (known as flexible furloughing).

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The Government has announced that parents on family leave who return to work in the coming months can be furloughed and are exempt from the 10 June cut-off date, provided the employer has previously furloughed employees. This amendment to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme applies to those on maternity, paternity, adoption leave, shared parental leave and parental bereavement leave.

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BSI has published Safe Working Guidelines. The guidelines provide a framework for business owners, senior leaders, managers and workers to protect people at work from the ongoing risks related to the coronavirus. BSI plans to update the guidelines in the current weeks, based on the feedback they receive.

Please follow the links to the PRESS RELEASE and GUIDELINES documents.

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The Government has announced that from 1 July 2020, businesses will be given the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back on a part time basis whilst also announcing the tapering of the financial support offered from August.

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The UK Government together with the NHS have produced guidance, for businesses in England, to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. They are presenting a series of free webinars, hosted by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to help you to make your workplace COVID-secure.

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The Government published an amended Treasury Direction under the Coronavirus Act 2020 on Friday 22nd May. This replaces the original Treasury Direction, which sets out the technical details of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The amended Treasury Direction reflects the extension to the Scheme to 30th June but does not address the further extension announced by the Chancellor on 12th May.

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The Government announced in Parliament today (12 May) that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the Scheme) will be extended for four months until the end of October for all sectors.

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The pack includes their Return from Furlough template letter, a HR & Employment law checklist, a Health and Safety checklist, a Production and Operations checklist and a Pre-recorded webinar.

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Make UK has recently launched plans for the future: ‘Manufacturing Our Road to Recovery’ which sets out how to boost economic confidence, ensure a safe return to work and build resilience.

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Guidance for employers, employees and the self-employed and the UK Government’s plan to rebuild in their COVID-19 recovery strategy.

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