Has the pandemic proved a game changer for working women?

Denise Friend & Sarah Evans OBE

Women in Business: can we truly have it all?’, a discussion paper presenting research from 2018-19 carried out by Friend Partnership, was optimistic.  The great majority of women surveyed in senior or middle leadership roles or who owned their own business, felt the working environment had improved during their career, with 75% of working mothers […]

Office Christmas Parties & Covid

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How to ensure 2020’s parties are as tax efficient as possible! Christmas parties can’t take place as normal this year, and so companies are looking at alternatives so they can still hold some form of social function for their staff, with many opting for virtual gatherings via Zoom or Teams.  Whilst we’re not saying that […]

Lockdown 2 – support announced for jobs and businesses on 5 November 2020

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It’s another day and another version of the Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan has been announced. This is the fourth iteration of the plan so far. The packages announced coincide with the start of the second national lockdown and are designed to address some of the problems that the new restrictions will place on individuals and […]

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Furlough Extended

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On 31st October 2020, the Government announced that following a second period of UK lockdown which is to commence on 5th November 2020, the CJRS scheme will be extended, with the JSS scheme temporarily put on hold. The CJRS scheme will be extended for a month with the employee receiving 80% of their current salary […]

The Coronavirus Job Support Scheme – 22nd October Update

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Today Rishi Sunak has announced an amendment to the Winter Economy Plan and the Job Support Scheme (JSS) due to the rising outcry over the requirement for additional employee job support for those affected by the tier 2 lockdown measures. Amendments: The minimum hours employees must work has reduced from 33% to 20% to qualify […]

The Coronavirus Job Support Scheme – October Update

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The Job Support Scheme (JSS) was announced as one of the measures in the Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan in September and comes into effect from 1st November 2020. More information has been released about the scope and operation of the scheme. Although there is still more information to be released by the Government, here is what […]

Job Retention Bonus

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Friend Partnership’s Payroll Manager Amy Cowling summarises the Government Job Retention Bonus which was initially discussed back in July 2020: The Government have now advised (regardless of employer size and sector) that all UK employers will be eligible for the Job Retention Bonus who previously made a claim under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The […]