Government updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you were employed and have lost your job

Updated 16 April to reflect Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme cut off date changed to 19 March 2020

Guidance for people who were employed and have lost their job due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Universal Credit claimants to verify identity through Government Gateway

People applying for Universal Credit will now be able to use their existing Government Gateway account to confirm their identity, helping to speed up their claim.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for victims of domestic abuse

The government supports and funds several charities who can provide advice and guidance and we are in regular contact to ensure that these support services remain open during this challenging time

Disability Confident Events

Following requests from a large number of Disability Confident (DC) employers, DWP have been working closely with a number of DC Leader (Level 3) organisations: KPMG, Do It, AdviserPlus and Manchester City Council. Together, with support from Dr Eamonn O’Neal DL (incoming High Sheriff of Greater Manchester) and Professor Amanda Kirby, we are delivering four-free seminars for national employers covering:

o   New ways of working – supporting disabled people;

o   Managing communications in your team and ensuring accessibility;

o   Looking after your health and well-being;

o   Recruiting and Retaining Disabled People.  

On average (as of today) there are 96 employers registered on each event. These events have been promoted via the KPMG Ability Networks; Lord Lieutenants Office and DC Leader networks/channels. Please feel free to share with your teams, members or partners.

You may also be interested in the Disability Confident Employer Guide on the recruitment and retention of disabled people, that offers practical advice and support to employers.

ACAS webinars

ACAS have scheduled a new free-to-attend webinarFurlough leave – the HMRC Job Retention Scheme on Thursday, Apr 23, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm BST
About the webinar: This webinar explains the temporary HMRC Job Retention Scheme being made available to businesses across the UK. The webinar is designed for employers who have furloughed workers, or who are planning to furlough workers within their organisation.  View details or register your place
You can view a recording of our most recent Coronavirus webinar event on the ACAS webinars webpage

Live Twitter Q&A sessions – If you have questions or concerns about time off work, pay, remote working and what steps you can take to reduce the spread of the virus, you can also join ACAS experts on live Twitter chats which are being run each Friday over the coming weeks.  Send your questions in advance to @acasorguk #AskAcas. –