Day: July 11, 2020

What does Government’s ‘Plan for Jobs” mean for employers and workers?

In a special ‘summer statement’ on 8 July and under the ‘Plan for Jobs’ umbrella, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced further measures designed to help protect jobs in the longer term following the planned ending of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also known as the Furlough Scheme) on 31 October 2020 and amidst a continued economic downturn.

According to the Government, more than nine million workers have been placed on furlough leave since the introduction of the Scheme.

Partner Sue Dowling, head of Blandy & Blandy Solicitors’ Employment Law team, summarises the new measures announced in the Chancellor’s ‘mini budget’ that will affect employers and workers.

As part of a new £30 billion stimulus package, that takes the total cost of the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic closer to £200 billion, Mr Sunak unveiled the following measures:

Job Retention Bonus

Employees who successfully bring their staff back from furlough leave

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Almost one in three workers ready to keep working from home after lockdown

Almost one in three employees are planning to keep working from home after the coronavirus restrictions end, according to a survey.

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the government ordering people to work from home if possible, and many are still doing this.

A survey of 3,000 adults by Halifax found that many saw the new lifestyle as an “environmental wake-up call” and a chance to do something about climate change.

The research shows that the majority of those surveyed said they did not expect things to ever go back to normal, with most saying that they were hopeful the world could use the change to tackle the climate emergency.

Four out of five of those surveyed thought remote working was a way to reduce emissions

Andy Mason, Halifax mortgage director, said: “It’s clear that for many going back to ‘business as usual’ isn’t going to be an option and instead

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Big Technology strikes syndication deal with OneZero

Alex Kantrowitz’s new tech news website Big Technology has struck a syndication deal with OneZero.

Kantrowitz writes, “If you’ve paid attention to tech news recently, you’ve seen OneZero explode onto the scene. In an age defined by outrage and hyperbole, OneZero’s built an audience by telling stories with thoughtfulness and nuance. Its measured coverage of issues like social media cultsdigital surveillance, and online mourning in the COVID era has made it an indispensable read for me and many others. I couldn’t imagine a better partner.

“Starting next week, you’ll see my weekly Big Technology article syndicated exclusively on OneZero. I’m extremely excited to bring my journalism to OneZero’s readers and to help Big Technology reach a broader audience.

“If you’re subscribed to Big Technology, everything will continue as normal, and the newsletter will continue to appear in your inbox.”

Read more here.

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