ALP Coronavirus Support Page
Labour providers are playing a vital role in ensuring the supply chain has the workers it needs to keep the nation fed and supplied with essentials. ALP is fully committed to supporting our members and our industry by:
- Understanding and responding to impacts of virus across our sector and coordinating responses
- Publishing regular member updates and public guidance ensuring a clear, consistent message
- Directly engaging with government, trade bodies, retailers and other key contacts
- Agricultural labour providers – email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our 1.30pm call on Tuesdays and Thursdays
- All ALP members – sign up here to join the Coronavirus Support Forum on Wednesdays at 3pm
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GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp
Key asks of Government
- Employment rules relaxed to support business and workers – ALP recommendations are here. Input welcome.
- Extend Coronavirus SSP refund rules – ALP position is detailed here.
- ALP webpage – Feeding the Nation
- Public health guidance on how to self-isolate on farm accommodation; transport to work.
Spare Worker Availability Portal
If you have spare workers please register to post brief details here.
GLAA licensed ALP labour provider members who need workers – log in here and click on the SWAP tab
Guidance and Resources
- Guidance from Public Health England, NHS Scotland, Public Health Wales and Public Health Agency Northern Ireland
- Government guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus
- Government Full guidance on staying at home and away from others and Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
- Acas Coronavirus advice for employers and employees
- Food factory and labour provider daily Coronavirus check form and visitor check form.
- Country-by-country breakdown of immigration restrictions and concessions linked to the coronavirus outbreak.
- Government guidance: Further businesses and premises to close
- Guidance on providing safer transport to workers and for shopping – open guidance
- Doctors of the World have produced Coronavirus advice for patients in 20 languages
- Workers returning from abroad – Workers who are currently outside the UK and want to return to work can access the governments travel advice pages to find information about travelling to and from other countries, including the restrictions they may have in place. The government’s original advice required travellers returning to the UK to self-isolate if they had returned from certain countries. However, that advice was withdrawn on 13th March and replaced with the general guidance contained within COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection. This means that returned travellers are subject to the same advice and guidance as any UK resident; meaning they do not have to self-isolate unless they, or anyone in their household, is experiencing symptoms of coronavirus see the ‘After travel’ section on the TravelHealthPro website.
- Workplace Canteens – The guidance states: ‘Where there are no practical alternatives, other workplace canteens can remain open to provide food for their staff and/or provide a space for breaks. However, where possible, staff should be encouraged to bring their own food, and distributors should move to takeaway. Measures should be taken to minimise the number of people in the canteen at any one given time, for example by using a rota.’
- Face masks at work – See Public Health England guidance – “Face masks play a very important role in clinical settings, such as hospitals but there’s very little evidence of widespread benefit from their use outside of these clinical settings.”
- Guidance for food businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19)
- COVID-19 advice for accommodation providers
Support for Business
- Government Covid-19 Support for Business
- Chartered Institute for Public Relations overview of company crisis communications
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and agency workers guidance
- Department for Education coronavirus helpline – DfE.email@example.com 0800 046 8687 (8am-6pm Monday-Friday). This helpline will be able to advise on questions regarding apprentices in the workplace, as well as any education and children’s social care enquiries.
- Statutory Sick Pay – SSP for Agency Workers with Coronavirus
- Key workers critical to the Covid-19 response –Key workers critical to the Covid-19 response and template letter
- Relaxation of driver hours for all sectors – The Department for Transport has introduced a temporary relaxation of the enforcement of GB and EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales for all sectors from 23 March to 21 April 2020 allowing for longer hours on a daily, weekly and fortnightly basis, and postponement of the requirement to start a weekly rest period. The Department for Transport has published this guidance: and these further details.
- Pay Advances, Employer Loans and the National Minimum Wage – HMRC guidance
- Working Time Directive – Existing exemptions within the Working Time Regulations 1998 provide flexibility where the worker’s activities are affected by unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond the employer’s control, or exceptional events the consequences of which could not have been avoided despite the exercise of all due care by the employer (regulation 21(e)). Where this applies, the requirements around rest breaks, daily and weekly rest and night work do not apply. However the employer must provide compensatory rest, or if this is not possible take other measures to ensure a safe working environment.’
- ALP remote interviewing guidance
- Universal Credit and Benefits Claims – People can make applications for benefits online if they are eligible – https://www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit. People receiving benefits will continue to receive these but do not have to attend jobcentre appointments for three months, starting from Thursday 19 March 2020. Jobcentres remain open, and will continue to support people who are not able to use phones and online, including homeless people. No-one should attend a jobcentre unless directed to do so for an exceptional purpose. Those already claiming Universal Credit who think they may be affected by coronavirus, should contact their work coach as soon as possible by using their online journal or calling the Universal Credit helpline.
- Advertising vacancies – Jobs should be advertised on “Find a Job” not by attending or phoning Jobcentres.