Coronavirus (COVID-19) links to information and resources

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

Support for businesses
The government has set out a package of measures to support businesses including a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Department for Education helpline

Department for Education 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)

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)


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

Government advice for employers and businesses: 
Guidance to employers and businesses about COVID-19

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). 

Emergency volunteering leave:

Eversheds Guidance on emergency volunteering leave

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

Job retention scheme:

HMRC guidance on the job retention scheme

Annual leave carry-over:

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.

Health advice:

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

All current coronavirus guidance for health professionals and non clinical settings

Employment advice

ACAS advice:
Coronavirus: advice for employers and employees

CIPD advice:
Coronavirus advice

Eversheds Sutherland coronavirus legal hub:
Health Matters Coronavirus Update

People Management / CIPD / HR-Inform FAQs on Coronavirus (6 March):

Coronavirus: CIPD and employment law experts answer your questions