The employer contributions for furlough will change in August. Please see below for key figures:
UK Government contribution: 60%, up to £1,875
Employer contribution: 20%, up to £625, National Insurance and pension contributions
Minimum amount furloughed employee receives: 80% of regular salary, up to £2,500
An employee will need to self isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and received a notification to self-isolate from NHS Test and Trace. Close contact includes the following:
1. anyone who lives in the same household as another person who has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19
2. anyone who has had any of the following types of contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19:
- face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation within one metre
- been within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact
- been within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)
3. A person may also be a close contact if they have travelled in the same vehicle or plane as a case.
Since 19th July 2021, critical workers have been able to qualify to be exempt from self isolation. In order to be exempt the worker must:
- Have a role where there would be a serious risk of harm to public welfare if they were unable to carry out their role in their workplace.
- Be fully vaccinated
- Test negative on a PCR test
- Test negative on daily lateral flow tests.
To celebrate the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, why not take the opportunity to create some excellent online team building events and increase engagement in the workplace. Ideas for virtual events include:
- Typing race
- Olympic Trivia
- Name the anthem
- Race to complete most steps
- Word games
Don’t forget to have a medal ceremony at the end!