Coronavirus (COVID-19) Useful Links

The following is a list of useful links for further information and guidance

General Advice

The Government has issued 8 Guides to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the Coronavirus pandemic. These can be viewed here

The UK Government is supporting businesses and their employees through a package of measures during this period of unprecedented disruption. The Business Support website helps businesses find the right support, advice and information to help with the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The latest guidance from the Government on staying at home and away from others can be found here

Further information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is now available here

Further information on the Coronavirus Self Employment Income Support Scheme is available here

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. Further information can be found here

The latest guidance from the Government for employees can be found here. This includes guidance on Statutory Sick Pay and access to other benefits.

The latest guidance from the Government regarding which businesses and premises MUST close can be found here

The latest advice from the NHS regarding symptoms, how to stop infection spreading and what to do if you require medical help is available here


Training Whilst Furloughed

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme allows employers to claim for 80% of furloughed employees’ usual monthly wages, up to £2,500 a month, plus their associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions.

Furloughed employees cannot undertake any work for the company; however, they are able to train whilst furloughed and are entitled to appropriate levels of pay while doing so.

Furloughed employees are able to engage in training, as long as doing so does not provide services to, or generate revenue for, or on behalf of their company or a linked or associated company.

Where training is undertaken at the request of their employer, furloughed employees are entitled to be paid at least their appropriate national minimum wage. In most cases, the furlough payment of 80% of an employee’s regular wage, up to the value of £2,500, will be sufficient to cover these training hours. However, if the time spent training exceeds the furlough payment, employers will need to pay the additional wages.


Other Industry Sources

CLC Site Operating Procedures

To implement the Government’s social distancing recommendation the Construction Leadership Council has now published Site Operating Procedures.
These can be downloaded here

Build UK

Build UK is engaging across its membership to ensure it is responding to the concerns of the sector and our priority is supporting members and the wider industry with advice, guidance and information on construction-specific issues. This can be found here