Sources of information on Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

ELA would like to express concern over the large volume of out-of-date and inaccurate information about Covid-19 (Corona virus) that is available to the public online.  Public bodies have confirmed that they will keep information available via the following links up-to-date.

Please note that ELA accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever to those relying on public advice.  ELA does not give legal advice and will not be checking the accuracy of, monitoring or updating information shared by any public body or any other third party.

Acas

Guidance for employers and employees from Acas, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, an independent body funded by the Government, is available here: https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

Government

HMRC Guidance for employers on the coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

BEIS guidance for employees: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees#furloughed-workers

Guidance: Check if you could be covered by the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

Covid-19: support for businesses: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

Covid-19: guidance for employees: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees

Self-employment support

Scheme link: https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/self-employment-income-support-scheme/
FAQs link: https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/self-employment-income-support-scheme-faqs/

Health

NHS: Health-related guidance from the National Health Service is available here:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

For online NHS self-isolation sick notes: NHS 111 online

Public Health Guidance

Public Health England including, eg, specific guidance for employers, educational and health-related organisations, and an option to receive updates directly is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

Public Health Waleshttps://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/

Health Protection Scotland: https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/wuhan-novel-coronavirus/

Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland: https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/covid-19-coronavirus

Courts and Employment/Employment Appeal Tribunals

Employment Tribunals FAQs arising from the Covid-19 pandemic: https://www.judiciary.uk/publications/employment-rules-and-legislation-practice-directions/

HMCTS:  Information for users of Courts and Tribunals is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-courts-and-tribunals-planning-and-preparation

Guidance on how HMCTS will use telephone and video technology during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hmcts-telephone-and-video-hearings-during-coronavirus-outbreak

23 March 2020: Amendment to Direction Issued by Employment Tribunal Presidents’ (England & Wales and Scotland) on 19 March 2020: https://www.elaweb.org.uk/content/amendment-direction-issued-employment-tribunal-presidents%E2%80%99-19-march-2020

25 March 2020: EAT President: Provisional Arrangements during Covid-19 Pandemic: https://www.elaweb.org.uk/content/message-president-employment-appeal-tribunal-provisional-arrangements-during-covid-19

27 March 2020: Presidential Guidance of the Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal (Northern Ireland)https://www.elaweb.org.uk/content/presidential-guidance-industrial-tribunals-and-fair-employment-tribunal-northern-ireland

Letter from HMCTS issued 27 March 2020 concerning the operation of the courts & tribunals during Covid-19: https://www.elaweb.org.uk/content/letter-hmcts-issued-27-march-2020-concerning-operation-courts-tribunals-during-covid-19

Taking care of yourself

Law Care provides free, confidential advice to those who work within the legal profession and their families (all staff within L&R could access this service).  They listen and provide emotional support. They provide a safe space to talk through whatever is on your mind and will signpost you to other support agencies if appropriate.
Helpline: 0800 279 6888
Website: https://www.lawcare.org.uk/

Mind website has resources and tips, including how to plan and prepare for working from home or self-isolation:
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/