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COVID-19 Update – Support for employers

The Government is supporting businesses and their employees through a package of measures during this period of unprecedented disruption.
You can get help to find the right support, advice and information to help with the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on your business.

The government has announced an extensive package of financial measures, including the Job Retention Scheme, a Statutory Sick Pay rebate package for small and medium-sized employers, and deferred VAT and Income Tax payments.

If you have fewer than 250 employees, you will be able to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay for employees unable to work because they are ill with coronavirus or have been advised to self-isolate. This refund will be for up to 2 weeks per employee.

If you employ people, you are urged to use your discretion about what evidence, if any, you ask for when making decisions about sick pay. If evidence is required, employees can get an Isolation Note from NHS 111 online if they have symptoms, or if they live with someone that has symptoms.

Find out about other government support for businesses affected by coronavirus.

For those businesses that find themselves needing to increase their workforce as a result of the outbreak, such as those in social care, food logistics, preparation and retail, remember to post vacancies on Find a Job.

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Mental ill health in the workplace

If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather. Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.

 

Stephen Fry

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The Heart Symbol

Ever wonder why a drawing of a heart doesn’t look like a human heart?

The heart symbol we use today, came from the idea of two human hearts being fused together, as one forming the iconic heart shaped symbol, we know today as LOVE.

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