The scheme, which will be piloted in Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle and Oldham, will allow eligible individuals who test positive for the virus to claim up to £130 to cover their-10 day self-isolation. The firm prompted a row last week after it decided to keep the furlough money despite paying a total of £137m across 264 partners. 1.20pm The legalities of face coverings in the workplace, Nick Wilson provides advice for employers in light of ever-changing guidance around wearing masks at work.Â, 1.15pm Coronavirus having severe impact on young people’s mental health. In a statement to parliament this morning, Rishi Sunak cut the contribution that employers on the scheme will be required to make, and reduced the minimum number of hours employees would have to work to be eligible. While parts of the tier system will be tougher, Johnson is expected to announce that the 10pm closing time for pubs and restaurants will be relaxed, alongside gyms and shops reopening. In July, 1,784 firms began the process of making nearly 150,000 roles redundant in July. A government source told The Telegraph: "People need to understand that working from home isn't the benign option it seems. Although staff continue to operate in high street bank branches. The new roles are on top of the 1,000 workers the grocery chain recruited during lockdown as demand from shoppers increased.Â, The Co-op said the additional roles will be spread across the new shops and 15 stores which are being enlarged. These are always extremely difficult decisions, and we are supporting our colleagues throughout this process." Surveillance was also more prevalent among larger companies, 12 per cent of which were already monitoring their workforce, while 11 per cent have plans to introduce monitoring. 3pm Sheffield Forgemasters plants to cut 95 jobs, Steel company Sheffield Forgemasters has revealed plans to cut 95 jobs because of the impact of coronavirus on global markets. People Management consulted the experts. This rate of worklessness was higher for those aged 16-25 (18.3 per cent) than for those aged 26-65 (11.9 per cent). Passengers flying from London Heathrow to Hong Kong will be given the option of paying for a rapid coronavirus test before boarding their flight. A spokesperson for Ikea said: “We have taken the decision to implement a pay freeze for the next financial year, and have agreed with the Living Wage Foundation that we will not implement any increase in the real living wage, thereby pausing our accreditation this year. Lawrence Chapple-Gill, from Unite, said the job losses were an "inevitable consequence of the government's failure to provide sector-specific support to the aviation industry, the sector most heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic". Transport for London (TfL) has secured a £1.8bn government bailout, to keep Tube and bus services running until March 2021. Mark Kaye explains key considerations for firms following the government’s announcement, including rehiring and furloughing workers. Johnson is expected to urge people to continue social distancing measures and to urge people to work from home where it does not negatively impact businesses.Â, 4.15pm Businesses take staff testing in-house. Addressing parliament, Boris Johnson outlined a number of additional restrictions, but said this was “no means a return to the full lockdown” introduced in March. So is it time for such employees to come home now England is in lockdown for the next month? Sharma said the bulk of the vaccination programme would be carried out next year, adding that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) was also reviewing the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. Ruth Christy looks at how employers can help young people who may have lost opportunities because of coronavirus to enter the workplace. People will be advised to avoid all unnecessary travel and work from home, while universities will be asked to teach remotely to the maximum extent. These are incredibly difficult times for everyone, and for the theatre community they are especially tough. The TUC proposed a 70 per cent subsidy from the government for employers, provided they bring back every worker on the scheme for a minimum proportion of their normal working hours. ", 9.15am Pandemic slump blamed for 200 job cuts at Grangemouth crude oil refinery. But members of the Low Pay Commission, which advises the government on annual increases to pay rates, reportedly believe the increase in April could now be unaffordable for many companies struggling in the wake of the pandemic and subsequent recession, and could result in an increased number of job losses. This is deeply troubling and more steps are now urgently needed.". The government said the move would help “safeguard the gains made during the past month”. Official figures showed more than half (55 per cent) of claims were made by restaurants, while just under a third (28 per cent) were made by pubs. “My understanding is that Covid-O is meeting as we speak – that’s the sub-committee of the cabinet that makes the recommendations. The spokesperson for the group said: "It is a very sad time for everyone affected by this thankless situation, one we could never have imagined would have been forced on the industry. The majority of operators (78 per cent) said the outlook for the future wasn’t much better, with more than half (58 per cent) expecting the situation to worsen in 2021. Almost half (44 per cent) felt they never fully switched off from work. to the 350 proposed job losses as a result of transferring fan blade work to Singapore. Given our financial situation, this is a solution that looks after our staff and avoids losing our important workforce.” They added, however, that even with the lay-off scheme “a limited number of roles have been put at risk of redundancy”, but declined to confirm how many jobs were at risk. 11.40am Most employers have no plans to return staff to the office full time, BBC research finds, The BBC has reported that 50 of the UK’s biggest employers have no plans to return all staff to the office full time in the near future. 8.30am Covid crisis could claim 18 per cent of travel sector jobs, says AbtaÂ. The charity, which employs more than 1,600 people, said in June it would need to make up to 300 people redundant. The spokesperson added: "A small number of roles have also been created. The company, which has more than 70 stores in the UK and four in Ireland, as well as outlets in France and Italy, said it now wanted to operate in Europe through “partnerships”, potentially both online and in stores. The group, who have campaigned for the support of the catering staff, said: “Catering Staff at Sussex uni will now be furloughed until March. 12.50pm How CPP Group is approaching reopening its offices. HR and managers need to recognise that overly controlling instructions without fair and effective enforcement are pointless, says Martin Tiplady. As lockdown eases, employers should bear in mind that workers who’ve suffered a bereavement might be feeling apprehensive about going back to the office, says Jean Watkins. On Wednesday, London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire moved to tier three amid a rise in infection rates. Gerwyn Davies, senior labour market adviser for the CIPD,  called for “much more immediate” public investment for training and reskilling above what had been announced so far. “Pubs are a vital part of our high streets and social fabric in communities up and down the country,” said Lucy Powell, shadow business minister. Employability charity Shaw Trust announced plans to recruit more than 600 employees to meet growing demand for its services in the wake of the pandemic. In July, Dentons announced the closure of two UK offices to cater for full-time remote working and shrink its real estate footprint.Â, 9.10am Mitchells & Butlers confirms around 1,300 jobs cut. 12.40pm “After contracting coronavirus in March, I’m still ill – HR must support people like me”, Employers should prepare for staff with ‘long Covid’, says Judith Grant, who has suffered chronic symptoms including fatigue, difficulty breathing and a racing heart.Â, 12pm University of Leicester employees warned of potential compulsory redundanciesÂ. The figures come a day after Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), urged UK businesses to bring staff back to the office or risk turning commercial centres into “ghost towns”. This compared to just 17 per cent of the working age population, suggesting that while the risk of redundancy was widespread, the most vulnerable were likely to bear the brunt of the downturn. The Aberdeen-based paper mill said the "significant impact" of the coronavirus pandemic meant about 70 of its 400-strong workforce were at risk of being made redundant. Responding to the findings, Helen Astill, founder of Cherington HR, said: “There will be lots of people out of work who will be looking to apply for those roles when they appear, but the smart employers will look at taking on the less experienced candidates, perhaps as apprentices or new graduates, to develop and train them to be the future of their businesses.”, 1.45pm How businesses can stop the pandemic wiping out workplace gender equality, Anne Pritam and Leanne Raven round up the key steps employers can take to support their female staff – and protect themselves.Â, 1.30pm Victorian Plumbing to hand back furlough payments. The spokesperson added: “As a result of this we have taken the difficult decision to reshape our business to better meet the demands of our markets and help us continue to provide the best services for our clients. The council also voted through a series of money-saving measures including delaying the employment of apprentices until April 2021, reducing the ceremonial duties of the lord mayor, closing one adult care day centre, and closing a small number of underused play areas.Â, 2.40pm ExxonMobil to cut 1,600 jobs in Europe, ExxonMobil has said it will cut up to 1,600 jobs in Europe as the oil company struggles with the dip in demand caused by the pandemic. Included within this figure, Amazon has won £23m in state-funded work since the pandemic started, including £8.3m related to the NHS test and trace app.Â, “Amazon workers have played a key role during this pandemic. Your employer should have made arrangements which are appropriate to make sure it is coronavirus-safe to work. 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