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Are you working towards ‘Covid-19 Secure’ status?

Earlier this week I sent out the new safe workplace guidance from the government. These sector specific documents clearly outline what each business leader should be doing to ensure their premises are safe for both your staff and your customers.

Displaying the Covid-19 Secure Poster on your door will be a great way to give your customers the confidence that you have taken their safety seriously. Advice for all sectors is available at:


Penrith BID Board Meeting

We held our monthly board meeting via Zoom again this month. The minutes are now available online:

In line with government guidance, we have postponed our AGM until at least August.


Cabinet Office Guidance

 1) Roadmap Taskforces:

Further details of the five new ministerial-led taskforces that have been set up to develop plans for how and when closed sectors can reopen safely, following publication of the UK’s roadmap to rebuild Britain.

2) Trade Credit Insurance:

The government will temporarily guarantee business-to-business transactions currently supported by Trade Credit Insurance, ensuring the majority of insurance coverage will be maintained across the market. This will support supply chains and help businesses to trade with confidence as they can trust that they will be protected if a customer defaults on payment.

3) Holiday entitlement and pay:

An explanation of how holiday entitlement and pay operate during the coronavirus pandemic, where it differs from the standard holiday entitlement and pay guidance. This guidance applies to those that have continued to work as well as those that have been furloughed.

4) Self-Employment Income Support Scheme:

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme went live yesterday so self-employed individuals or members of partnerships whose business has been adversely affected by coronavirus can apply for a grant worth 80% of their average monthly trading profits, up to a maximum of £7,500, paid in a single instalment. You can check eligibility using the link above.


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Thank you to our friends at Cartmell Shepherd for this update: 

Furloughed workers qualify for full parental leave entitlement

 Joanne Stronach Director and Head of Employment & HR provides update.

The government has announced that furloughed workers taking paid parental or adoption leave will be entitled to pay based on their usual earnings rather than a furloughed pay rate.

Entitlement to Statutory Maternity Pay, as well as the other forms of Parental or Adoption Pay, are currently calculated through someone’s average earnings over an 8-week assessment period. For Maternity Allowance, entitlement and the rate payable are also determined by looking at average earnings over a 13 week period.

Workers whose period of family-related pay began on or after 25 April will be assessed on their usual, full pay.

The changes will ensure those intending to take time off following the birth, adoption, or death of a child will not see their entitlement to pay affected as a result of being furloughed in the wake of the impacts of COVID-19.

Pregnant women and new mothers are entitled to take up to 52 weeks of Maternity Leave. Up to 39 weeks are paid. For women who qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), this is paid at 90% of usual earnings for the first 6 weeks, followed by 33 weeks at the statutory rate (currently £151.20).

Adoption Leave and Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) are the same.

To be eligible for SMP or SAP, a person’s average weekly earnings must be at least equal to the Lower Earnings Limit (currently £120 per week) over a prescribed 8-week test period. A person’s earnings over this period are also used to determine the earnings-related rate of SMP or SAP for the first 6 weeks.

Maternity Allowance is a benefit paid to working mothers (including self-employed mothers) who do not qualify for SMP – this is worth up to £151.20 a week for up to 39 weeks. Entitlement to MA, and the rate payable, are determined by reference to 13-weeks earnings in a 66-week test period.

  • Statutory Paternity Pay is up to 2 weeks long and is paid at the lower of £151.20 per week, or 90% of average earnings.
  • Shared Parental Pay is up to 50 weeks long and is paid at the lower of £151.20 per week, or 90% of average earnings.
  • Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay is 2 weeks long and is paid at the lower of £151.20 per week, or 90% of average earnings.

To be eligible for Paternity, Shared Parental and Parental Bereavement Pay, a person’s average weekly earnings need to exceed the Lower Earnings Limit (currently £120 per week) over a prescribed 8-week test period.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the issues raised in this article or any aspect of employment law please contact Joanne Stronach on 01228 516666.





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