Coronavirus support for Sandwell businesses: employees

If you’re employed by a business in Sandwell, we’ve rounded up some resources especially for you during this difficult time. See also our pages on home working, childcare and mental health.

This page was last reviewed in June 2021.

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Here is the latest Covid-19 government guidance for working safely during this pandemic.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also known as furloughing)
Are you worried that you will lose your job because your employer is unable to operate because of coronavirus, or has no work for you to do? If you and your employer agree, your employer might be able to keep you on the payroll while you are temporarily not working. This is known as being ‘on furlough’, and your employer will do manage it through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

You can check on the government website as to whether your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and put you on furlough – and how much they can claim.

The government has confirmed that the furlough scheme / Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is running to the end of September 2021 – with changes from July.

MoneySavingExpert has lots of regularly updated info in its Coronavirus Employees’ Help section, including the latest information on furlough.

Statutory Sick Pay
Here is government information for employees about statutory sick pay. Here is how to claim sick pay as an employee.

Isolation notes
This is how to get an isolation note for your employer. You can also apply for an isolation note for someone else.

Working Time Regulations
Essential workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to Covid-19 will be able to carry it over into the next two leave years. Here is the government press release on the relaxation of the Working Time Regulations.

Expectations
ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration) has extensive advice for employers and employees on safe working and reasonable expectations from both sides.

Domestic abuse: supporting colleagues
Colleagues can be a lifeline for people living with domestic abuse – reassuring someone at risk that they are not alone, and signposting them towards help available. Read more.

Skills
The Department for Education has launched the Skills Toolkit: free online courses, tools and resources to help people boost their digital and numeracy skills.

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service (SAFL)
Sandwell Council supports adults to enjoy learning. SAFL offers a varied range of learning activities at over thirty venues in six different towns: see the choice at the SAFL website.

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