Highlights of the latest updates to the Covid-19 A-Z (April)

Highlights from the CoVid19 A-Z

The definitive info on business essentials such as grants, business rates relief, the business interruption loan scheme and the job retention/freelancer schemes are the official government business support schemes pages –
For England
For Scotland
For Wales
For Northern Ireland

Bear in mind that legislation has been passed quickly and is still being fine tuned in some cases. We’re here at ITC if you want to chat about any of this.

ACAS: Provides a range of resources for employers dealing with CoVid19 related issues, including Live Twitter Q&A sessions every Friday. Send your questions in advance to @acasorguk #AskAcas
Template letter for furloughing staff
and recordings of their webinars are available online

The Charity Commission has provided guidance on administrative issues in the current climate covering topics such as • Cancelling or postponing AGMs or other key meetings • Annual Report submission deadlines and other reporting requirements

Additional help for charities – you can claim Gift Aid on the value of tickets for cancelled events if the patrons have agreed not to be refunded for the cost of the ticket and for the same amount to be treated as a donation. More info

Data: The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued information on a wide range of Covid19 related topics and has provided a useful guide to how health authorities can use your personal data for health & safety purposes. Don’t forget to remind your staff that data security is important wherever they are working.

Holidays: Workers who have not been able to take all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to COVID-19 can carry up to four weeks over into the next 2 leave years, if they have more than 4 weeks to take this may also be carried forward by mutual agreement. More info here

Home Working: When staff are working from home you are still responsible for their health, welfare and safety. There’s online guidance from the Health & Safety Executive on a range of topics from computer display screens to mental health of homeworkers.

Online theatre: Under the ITC/Equity agreement recording is currently only allowed without extra pay for archive and rehearsal play back purposes. With live theatre closing down we now have agreement from Equity that recordings of this type can be put online for viewing during the period of closure and for up to six months after. This is always subject to having permission from the performers and creative contributors and if the recording is of a show that closed early because of CoVid-19 the company must have been paid properly. If you are suggesting that viewers make donations, Equity asks that some of these monies go to the company - performers and creatives. If you are Ethical Manager Members and want to create new work online during the closure period the minimum rates for performers, stage management and creatives apply as they do to live performances.

Renting Office or Rehearsal Space: Rents are not being waived (though you may be able to negotiate with your landlord) but you don't have to pay immediately https://www.gov.uk/government/news/extra-protection-for-businesses-with-ban-on-evictions-for-commercial-tenants-who-miss-rent-payments

Social Distancing:
Closure of theatres and other venues.
Official guidance on how to keep your distance.
Guidance from Mind on self care whilst stuck at home.

Statutory Sick Pay: Is now payable from day 1 for employees on sick leave because they are self isolating on medical advice/caring for self-isolated people in their household and most ITC companies ( those with fewer than 250 employees) can reclaim up to 2 weeks’ SSP for any employee who has claimed SSP as a result of COVID-19.

Useful Links: You can find even more useful links on ITC's Covid-19 guidance and useful links page

VAT: VAT payments are deferred for all businesses until the end of June2020.