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 the impact of the 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

All ALP members – sign up here to join the ALP Member Support Forum on the second Wednesday of each month at 3pm

Guidance and Resources

Public Health

  1. All government guidance is available on the coronavirus pages of gov.uk and for the devolved administrations on:  Scotland; Wales; Northern Ireland.  
  2. Information on current restrictions in EnglandScotlandWales and Northern Ireland
  3. Information and resources about the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
  4. Posters, leaflets and other resources – to download or order from Public Health England’s’ Campaign Resource Centre
  5. Tests – all workers can book a COVID-19 test here. Employers can refer staff using an employer portal.  Accounts for this portal can be requested by emailing portalservicedesk@dhsc.gov.uk. See more details for Test and Trace in England, Test and Protect in Scotland, Test, Trace Protect in Wales and Testing and Tracing for COVID-19 in Northern Ireland.
  6. Guidance on what to do if you or someone you employ is contacted by NHS Test and Trace, including self-isolation and financial support.
  7. ALP Brief 248In Work Asymptomatic Coronavirus Testing for Critical Food Workers  describes how businesses can work with NHS Test and Trace to implement regular rapid workforce testing on their own premises.
  8. ALP Brief 238 Self Isolation for Agency Workers describes the legal responsibilities relating to self-isolation for workers, labour providers and labour users.
  9. ALP Risk Control Checklists for employers and labour providers collate the actions that government guidance requires businesses to put in place to ensure that workplaces are safe, covering:
  10. www.foodfarmhelp.com– an industry collaboration website providing guidance, tools and case studies to help businesses in the food, agriculture and horticulture industries to better manage risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
  11. Travel – see Country-by-country breakdown with advice about travelling abroad.
  12. ALP template employer and labour user coronavirus health questionnaire – to be used prior to interviews, new assignments, and as a daily health check form.

Employment Guidance

  1. Coronavirus related workplace scenarios– Coronavirus Scenarios – Quick Reference for Labour Providers
  2. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Agency Workers – open ALP brief 223. Government guidance – Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  3. Template Homeworking Policy and Procedure –  ALP Brief 226 April 2020
  4. ALP Covid-19 Key Worker template letter
  5. Statutory Sick Pay – SSP for Agency Workers with Coronavirus Joint recruitment industry letter to the Financial Secretary, on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Impact – Extension of Coronavirus SSP Rebate Scheme
  6. Find out about taxable expenses and benefits when they are paid to workers because of coronavirus and how to report them to HMRC.
  7. ALP Guidance on increased costs Increased costs for the provision of labour during the Coronavirus Pandemic
  8. ALP remote and safer interviewing guidance. See Home Office, Coronavirus (COVID-19): right to work checks
  9. Pay Advances, Employer Loans and the National Minimum Wage – HMRC guidance
  10. 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.’
  11. Universal Credit and Benefits Claims – People can make applications for benefits online if they are eligible – https://www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit.
  12. ‘Redundancy Support Fixed Fee Service’ – JMW Solicitors LLP are offering ALP members a fixed fee package in relation to redundancy. Please email Paul.Chamberlain@jmw.co.uk.
  13. Guidance for employers and third-party healthcare providers on the regulations and legal obligations of running testing programmes.

Government Support for Business

  1. Government Covid-19 Business Support area including an online tool to find what financial support may be available for your business and case studies and blog posts about coronavirus business support.
  2. OUR PLAN TO REBUILD: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy– which sets out the government’s roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the Covid-19 crisis.
  3. Plan for Jobs – government has set aside up to £30bn for boosting the jobs market including: the Kickstart Scheme which subsidises jobs for young people and employer bonuses for hiring apprentices.
  4. The Winter Economy Plan applies to all regions and nations of the UK, and includes the New Payment Scheme which gives businesses who deferred their VAT bills the option to pay back in smaller instalments and extensions of time to pay for self-assessment tax, VAT and government loan schemes.
  5. DWP Employer Help website– Help for employers with COVID-19 challenges. The website signposts employers to advice on best ways to support staff whether they are expanding rapidly, or worried about redundancies.
  6. A list of the rules that have been temporarily relaxed to make it easier for businesses to continue working through the disruption caused by coronavirus, including changes to annual leave, and right to work checks and applications for National Insurance Numbers.
  7. Department for Education coronavirus helplineDfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk 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.
  8. HMRC tax helpline to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19). The number is 0800 0159 559.
  9. The Recovery Advice for Business scheme, supported by the government and hosted on the Enterprise Nation website, gives small firms access to free, one-to-one advice with an expert adviser to help them through the coronavirus pandemic and to prepare for long-term recovery.
  10. The COVID Fraud Hotline is open 24/7, 365 days a year on 0800 587 5030 or fill in the simple and secure anonymous form at Covidfraudhotline.org to report suspected fraudulent activity in relation to government coronavirus support schemes anonymously and free of charge.