Coronavirus member briefings

Given the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus, we are providing generic guidance for members. Our members need answers, this page provides links to various downloadable documents that we hope will provide a few.

The below documents cover updates, information and guidance regarding your job security during the Coronavirus pandemic. We’ll be keeping them updated as new information becomes available.

Will I be paid if I’m laid off? What are my rights regarding sick pay? What kind of support is available and how do I access it? Whether you’re an employee, self-employed or on a zero-hours contract, we hope that these documents can answer some of these questions and more during this crisis.

This booklet outlines the changes and additions we have made to our offers and benefits to best support you and your fellow members through the coming weeks and months.

You can find information on sick absence and sick pay rights here.

For guidance regarding lay-offs and short-time working, click here.

For details about the self-employed income support scheme, click here.

If you need information regarding pregnancy rights, click here.

You can find guidance for disabled workers here.

Information on your current rights surrounding annual leave can be found here.

Domestic abuse is a workplace issue, if you need help and guidance you can find it here.

Returning to work after furlough can be stressful, read our guidance here.

For more information around personal and financial help during COVID-19, click here.

Finally, click here for details on the UK Governments Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

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