Since the original guidance on the Job Retention Scheme was released, it has undergone a review by the Government. The Scheme is based around placing employees on furlough and employers claiming 80% of wage costs to avoid lay off and redundancy. Clarification on some key areas is now available, in addition to an amendment to […]
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is predicting a severe decline in international commerce this year. In a new report the WTO forecasts a contraction of between 13% and 32% this year. Estimates of the expected recovery in 2021 are equally uncertain, with outcomes depending largely on the duration of the outbreak and the effectiveness of […]
Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, has pledged to donate $1bn (£800m) to fund coronavirus research to help “disarm this pandemic”.
Refugees living in camps are sharing one tap between up to 250 people and many have less than 3.5 square meters of living space per person which will make it extremely difficult to contain a coronavirus outbreak, Oxfam said have said this week.
The British Chamber of Commerce’s weekly tracker poll, which serves as a barometer of pandemic’s impact on businesses and the effectiveness of government support measures, received more than 1,000 responses and is the largest independent survey of its kind in the UK. This week’s poll reveals that 37 per cent of businesses are planning to furlough […]
The British Chamber of Commerce’s weekly tracker poll, which serves as a barometer of pandemic’s impact on businesses and the effectiveness of government support measures, received more than 1,000 responses and is the largest independent survey of its kind in the UK. The second set of polling was conducted from 1-3 April and follows further […]
The haulage industry can quickly deliver the PPE health workers need in the fight against COVID-19, said RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett. But furlough rules were preventing thousands of drivers from helping move the life-saving equipment, and urged Parliament to change the law. His call came in response to health secretary, Matt Hancock’s remarks on […]
The COVID-19 crisis is expected to wipe out 6.7 per cent of working hours globally in the second quarter of 2020 – equivalent to 195 million full-time workers according to the International Labour Organisation.
Posted on 7th April 2020 in Coronavirus, hours of work, informal economy, low income, occupational safety and health, safety management, social dialogue, social protection, unemployment, vulnerable groups.
By Michael Baxter, Fresh Business Thinking Latest government press briefing gives details on clinician trials and also gives a hint of promising news on new Covid-19 infections. There “hasn’t been an accelerated takeoff in hospital admissions,” said Sir Patrick Vallance, the Chief scientific adviser at today’s government press briefing. Sir Patrick added however that “it’s […]
Posted on 7th April 2020 in Coronavirus.
Following a week where many national governments across Europe have acted to introduce temporary changes to rules that govern holiday refunds, ABTA – The Travel Association is urging the UK Government to do the same, to stop travel businesses being pushed into bankruptcy and the UK taxpayer picking up an estimated £4.5billion bill for customer […]
Posted on 7th April 2020 in Coronavirus.
With billions of people unable to see their friends and family in person due to COVID-19, people are relying on WhatsApp more than ever to communicate. People are talking to doctors, teachers, and isolated loved ones via WhatsApp during this crisis. WhatsApp say that ‘that’s why all your messages and calls on WhatsApp are end-to-end […]
On Friday the 27th of March, Google announced that they will be offering ad credits for small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) who routinely advertise with them. Google have pledged $340 million in Google ads credit, to help companies “stay in touch with their customers during this difficult time” (Google Ads Help). This ad credit can be […]