Coronavirus support for Sandwell businesses: employees

Please note that we are no longer updating this page (May 2022).

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 Sandwell workplace wellbeing.

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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)
The the furlough scheme (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme) ended on 30 September 2021.
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.

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.

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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This page was last reviewed in January 2022.