Coronavirus (COVID-19) links to information and resources

This page provides links to sources of information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).

Support and guidance for businesses
The government has set out a package of measures to support businesses including a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and a restructuring regime for HEIs facing financial difficulties as a result of coronavirus (Covid-19). The CJRS guidance includes details on how the scheme will change from 1 July, a worked example of how to calculate flexible furlough and a step by step guide to the CJRS for employers. Also see government guidance on the flexible furlough scheme published on 01 July 2020. The CJRS is extended to 31 October and details are set out in a Treasury Factsheet.
The government has published a new Treasury Direction on 25 June superseding the previous versions published on 15 April and 22 May, which sets out the legal framework for the CJRS.

Safe working and reopening of campuses
The government has published guidance for employers, employees and the self-employed to help ensure safe working during the coronavirus pandemic. There are eight guides covering a range of different types of work including labs and research facilities and offices and contact centres. The government has also published sector specific HE guidance on reopening buildings and campuses.

Department for Education

The Department for Education (DfE) has published HE sector specific guidance relating to the CJRS and the HMT Business Support Schemes.

The DfE has launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687 (Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm)
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Scottish Funding Council
The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) has published information regarding the application of the UK Government's CJRS and loan schemes for colleges and universities in Scotland.
Home Office immigration guidance 
The Home Office has published guidance for those affected by changes to UK immigration and borders due to coronavirus (COVID-19) including:

  • Guidance for Tier 2, Tier 4 and Tier 5 sponsors.
  • Guidance on right to work checks.
  • Advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

Coronavirus Immigration helpline

Telephone: 0800 678 1767 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Email: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk

Universities UK (UUK) has a dedicated webpage:
Information and resources for universities

Government advice for employers and businesses: 
Government support for employers, employees and businesses, announced in the Budget on 11 March: 

Support for those affected by COVID-19

Universities Minister's letter to HEIs regarding support for staff and students:

Letter to universities (26 March 2020). 

Job retention scheme:

HMRC guidance on the job retention scheme

Holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus (COVID-19) and annual leave carry-over:
The government has published guidance setting out how holiday entitlement and pay operate during coronavirus (COVID-19), where it differs from the standard holiday entitlement and pay guidance.

Changes to the Working Time Regulations to allow workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to COVID-19 to carry it over into the next 2 leave years.

Emergency volunteering leave:

Eversheds Guidance on emergency volunteering leave

Details of emergency volunteering leave in the Schedule 7 of the Coronavirus Act 2020

Health and mental wellbeing advice:

A number of organisations have published information, guidance and resources specifically to help support both  employers and employees with mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

These additional resources include:
NHS: Mental wellbeing while staying at home: this resource has tips and advice for people to keep on top of their mental health while staying at home.
MIND: Coronavirus and your mental health: MIND’s hub has information and resources to help people cope during the pandemic including coronavirus and wellbeing, coping with going into work during coronavirus and useful contacts.

ACAS: Coronavirus and mental health and work: ACAS have published guidance and resources to support employers and employees during the coronavirus pandemic.
Student Minds: Coronavirus resources: guidance and resources to support students and people in the university community including looking after mental health, staying at home and mental health and guidance for those with ongoing mental health difficulties.
CIPD:Wellbeing helpline services for CIPD members: CIPD members can access a range of products and resources to support their mental health during these challenging times.
Mental Health UK:Managing mental health during the coronavirus outbreak: this includes information about working from home, looking after others, mental health and money advice and looking after mental health.

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE):
Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest information and advice

PHE:
All current coronavirus guidance for health professionals and non clinical settings
ACAS:
Coronavirus and mental health at work: ACAS have published guidance and resources to support employers and employees during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Employment advice:

ACAS 
Coronavirus: advice for employers and employees 
Guidance for employers on handling disciplinary and grievance procedure during the coronavirus pandemic

CIPD: Coronavirus advice

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
Guidance to help employers ensure that their decisions in response to coronavirus do not discriminate against employees with protected characteristics.

Eversheds Sutherland: 
Coronavirus legal hub and planning checklist for 2020/21 academic year.
CBI: Coronavirus hub
 


 

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