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 step by step guide to the CJRS for employers.

The government has also 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.

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)

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)


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). 

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:

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

CIPD advice:
Coronavirus advice

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) advice:
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:
Health Matters Coronavirus Update

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

Coronavirus: CIPD and employment law experts answer your questions