Please Note: All information correct at time of writing on 19 March 2020. We do our very best to make sure our information is as up to date as possible, but we’d encourage you to check out our latest articles and to check the government website for updates as they happen.
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock has laid the Coronavirus Bill before Parliament today (Thursday 19 March.)
This contains a number of far-reaching measures giving the government temporary powers (for the next two years) to strengthen the quarantine powers of police and immigration officers, reduce unnecessary social contact through powers over events and gatherings, remove barriers to allow recently retired NHS and social workers to return to work and ease the administrative burden of frontline staff.
This follows the significant economic measures introduced earlier this week by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
There are a number of measures that will be implemented when the Bill passes that will have a significant impact on employers and business owners:
Hancock said on Tuesday that the new powers “will only be used when it is absolutely necessary and must be timed to maximise their effectiveness” and the government will also have the power to switch any of these off when they’re no longer necessary.
For now, it remains for businesses and employers to wait until the Emergency Coronavirus Bill to be officially passed, which we believe will be on Monday (23 March).
The impact of COVID-19 on business owners has been unprecedented. With daily briefings and different measures being introduced on a daily basis, it’s a dizzying time for everyone.
Citation’s Employment Law experts are here to track the progress of these measures and to translate them into real terms for your business. Keep an eye on our latest articles and free guides, as well as our social media channels for all the latest updates.
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