Supporting people

Financial support

If you have members of your team who are facing hardship in the current situation, they may be entitled to hardship grants from GroceryAid. This applies to colleagues of both retail and foodservice members of FWD. Details here

Furloughing Staff

June 5: The final date which businesses can furlough an employee for the first time will be June 10, in order for the current three week furlough period to be completed by 30 June. Employers will have until July 31 to make any claims in respect of the period to June 30.

May 30:  The Chancellor has announced the latest on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme:

From July 1, businesses can bring furloughed employees back part time. Businesses will decide the hours and shift patterns their employees will work on their return and will be responsible for paying their wages while in workFrom August the Government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500. Employers will pay NICs and pension contributionsFrom September the Government will pay 70% of wages up to a cap of £2,187.50. Employers will pay NICs and pension contributions and 10% of wages to make up 80% total up to a cap of £2,500.
From October the Government will pay 60% of wages up to a cap of £1,875. Employers will pay NICs and pension contributions and 20% of wages to make up 80% total up to a cap of £2,500.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to making claims

May 14:  Holiday entitlement and pay

Guidance has been published outlining how holiday entitlement and pay operate during Covid-19, designed to help employers understand their legal obligations, in terms of workers who continue to work or have been placed on furlough.

May 12:  Expenses and benefits

HMRC has published guidance on taxable expenses and benefits that are paid to employees because of coronavirus.

April 28: Parental leave

Furloughed workers planning to take paid parental or adoption leave will be entitled to pay based on their usual earnings rather than a furloughed pay rate.

Statutory Sick Pay

June 1:  The Government’s Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme is now live. Employers with fewer than 250 employees can claim for Coronavirus-related SSP for up to two weeks of the applicable rate of SSP, for current and former employees entitled to SSP and unable to work for a period beginning on or after March 13.

May 20: The Government has announced that SMEs with less than 250 staff can recover coronavirus related Statutory Sick Pay payments made to their employees. Employers will be able to claim via the online service from May 26, and will be able to recover payments sating back to the March 13, for current and former employees.

NHS Test and Trace

The Government has launched the NHS Test & Trace service, which allows people to check their symptoms, order a test, and help identify people they came into either direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes, who may be most at risk of having caught Covid-19.

Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test will be contacted and are asked to stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms. Tests are not compulsory. If those in isolation develop symptoms, they can book a test and if they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for 7 days or until their symptoms have passed. If they test negative, they must complete the 14-day isolation period.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-workplace-guidance

 

GroceryAid funding
Welfare and financial assistance

GroceryAid Financial Support for Employees

GroceryAid provides advice, support and financial assistance to everyone working in the grocery sector, including wholesalers. Due to the challenges currently being faced by the hospitality sector, GroceryAid has very kindly offered to extend its services to foodservice wholesale colleagues within FWD who may need support as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

A fund has been ringfenced to assist foodservice wholesale colleagues and applications can be made here 

Employees of FWD member companies that trade in the retail grocery supply chain are also able to apply for GroceryAid assistance.

To be eligible for consideration, individuals applying should be able to show

  • A minimum of one years’ service in foodservice wholesale – either currently employed or recently unemployed due to Covid-19 impact; doesn’t need to be with one employer
  • Household net income meets GroceryAid financial criteria
  • Can evidence financial hardship eg – reduction in income due to illness, redundancy, relationship breakdown, benefits sanctions
  • All applications are considered on a case by case basis
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