Latest Businesses and Employers bulletin from BEIS

Please find below the latest Businesses and Employers bulletin from BEIS:

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year. Take action now to get ready for new rules from January 2021. This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for businesses.  All information on the UK Transition can be found at www.gov.uk/transition

•    Transition Period: Business Secretary writes to businesses sectors
•    New Guidance
•    Updated Guidance
•    Transition Webinars and Podcasts

Transition Period: Business Secretary writes to businesses sectors 

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, has written to specific business sectors. The letters provide tailored advice about key actions that businesses must take after the Transition period ends on 31 December 2020.

View the sector-specific letters for:

New Guidance

VAT and overseas goods sold to customers from online market places: Separate Guidance has issued outlining how online market places and those who sell directly to customers in Great Britain from 1 January 2021 will deal with VAT on goods from overseas goods.

Product Safety 

Guidance for businesses regarding the end of the EU Transition Period:  The Office for Product Safety and Standards has published guidance to help businesses comply with regulations as the Transition Period ends. Separate, complementary guidance will be published for businesses trading in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The list of published guidance documents can be viewed here.

UK Product safety and metrology from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been published for businesses on specific product safety and metrology regulations. Click here to access the guidance. Specific guidance for placing goods on the market in Great Britain can be accessed here. Guidance for placing goods on the market in Northern Ireland can be accessed here.

Importing and Exporting 

Guidance for Hauliers and Commercial Drivers: The Haulier Handbook has been published as a one-stop-shop for key information on how to prepare vehicles and the goods they carry to continue to travel smoothly across the border and help minimise disruption. To access, click here.

Information on Licence Security from 1 January 2021: Information has been published on import and export licence security from 1 January 2021. Licence security will need to be provided in pounds sterling. The notice tells you how license security will need to be provided from 1 January 2021. Click here for more information.

Protection of trading interests (retained blocking regulation) from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been issued that sets out how protection of trading interests (also known as the retained blocking regulation) will work in the UK from 1 January 2021. The Protection of Trading Interests Legislation protects UK persons trading with countries affected by the extraterritorial application of certain laws (currently US Sanctions against Iran and Cuba). For more information, click here.

EU Transition – Trader and Industry Forum: To support businesses and industry to get ready for the end of the transition period, the EU Transition Trader and Industry Forum has been launched. This is designed so that you can ask questions about preparations you need to make now for the new rules to EU trade which will apply from 1 January 2021. To access this, click here.

Updated Guidance

Trader Support Service: Over 7,000 traders have already signed up to the Trader Support Service which will support traders moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol from 1 January 2021. For more information on this story and the service, click here.

Intellectual Property after 1 January 2021: Guidance about Intellectual Property from 1 January 2021 has been updated to reflect changes to UK Address for Service. From 1 January 2021, subject to legislative implementation, only a UK address for service will be accepted for new applications and requests to start contentious proceedings before the IPO. For more information, click here.

Help and support if your business trades with the EU:  The support page for trading with the EU from 1 January 2021 has been updated to include links to the EU Transition Trader and Industry Online Forum. For more information, click here.

ECMT international road haulage permits: The deadline to apply for ECMT (European Conference of Ministers of Transport) permits for 2021 has now closed. Guidance has been updated to reflect what happens next if you applied for a permit. To view this, click here.

Government contacts to help medical supply businesses from 1 January 2021: In order to ensure the flow of medical supplies into the UK after 31 December 2020, the government has issued a list of contacts that businesses can use to keep medical products flowing into the UK from 1 January 2021. To view this information, click here.

Transition Webinars and Podcasts

Webinars

You can keep up to date by attending one of our live webinars to help prepare your business. You can also access sector-specific webinars about how to prepare your business here.

  • Business Travel and investing or establishing in the EU from January 2021 – 11am, Wednesday 25 November, and then on demand, register here. This webinar will provide information on the actions you should take to prepare your business for new rules from January 2021 including:
    • travelling for business
    • owning, managing or directing a business in the EU
  • HMRC Transition webinars: HMRC have launched multiple editions of this live webinar covering how to complete customs import declarations and explaining how to make import declarations when importing goods between the EU and Great Britain. Find a date and to register, click here.
  • Department for International Trade webinars: DIT are hosting a series of webinars primarily aimed at businesses which are UK based who importing and exporting goods. To register for the next webinar on 3 December at 10:30 am, click here. Further sessions are scheduled to be held on 10 December and 17 December.
  • Smart border webinar: The Direction Générale des Douanes et Droits Indirects (French customs) are hosting a webinar in English on 3 December 2020 at 2:30pm on the smart border, the French Customs IT solution to keep trade flowing between the UK and France despite the establishment of customs clearance at the border. To register, click here.

Visit the GOV.UK transition webinar page to find out more and register – here.

Podcast: Business and the Future of Immigration in 2021

The Home Office has created a podcast episode in partnership with Intelligence Squared to help you prepare for the points-based immigration system.
Listen now to Business and the Future of Immigration in 2021. Also available on Spotify and Apple
Completing Customs Import Declarations Webinar

If your business trades with other countries from Europe or you represent a business who does, from 1‌‌‌you’ll need to be prepared for these changes.

We understand these are challenging times, but it is important to make sure that your business is ready for these new rules. To help you prepare for these changes and give you the latest information we’re inviting you to join our live webinar:

During the webinar we’ll provide a run through of the key new processes – import declarations, simplified declarations, supplementary declarations, preparing to make them, making import declarations without authorisation, and delayed import declarations.

You can also ask questions using the on-screen text box.

Please register to take part and make sure you’re prepared for the end of the transition period.

We make sure our webinars are constantly updated to provide you with the latest government guidance and information as it develops.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin

This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). All coronavirus business support information can be found at gov.uk/business-support

•    New Guidance
•    Updated Guidance
•    Travel

Important – deadlines you need to be aware of for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The CJRS has been extended to 31‌‌‌‌March 2021 for all parts of the UK. From 1‌‌‌, the UK Government will pay 80% of employees’ usual wages for the hours not worked, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. The government will review the terms of the scheme in January.

You and your employees do not need to have benefited from the scheme before to claim for periods from 1‌‌‌.

What you need to do now

  • Submit any claims for periods up to 31‌‌‌on or before 30‌‌‌ – they will not be accepted after this date. Claims are subject to eligibility and the rules in force at the time.
  • Submit any claims for November, no later than 14‌‌‌‌. You can claim before, during or after you process your payroll as long as your claim is submitted by the deadline.
  • Keep any records that support the amount of CJRS grant you claim, in case HMRC needs to check them. You can view, print or download copies of your previously submitted claims by logging onto your CJRS service on GOV‌.UK.

For claim periods from 1‌‌‌ er, you cannot claim CJRS grants for any days that your employee is serving a contractual or statutory notice period, including notice of retirement or resignation.
You can check if you’re eligible, and work out how much you can claim using our CJRS calculator and examples, by searching ‘Job Retention Scheme’ on GOV‌.UK.

Claims deadlines

There are now monthly deadlines for claims. Claims for periods starting on or after 1‌‌‌must be submitted within 14 calendar days after the month they relate to, unless this falls on a weekend in which case the deadline is the next weekday. Your deadline to make claims for employees furloughed in November is Monday 14‌‌‌.

Publishing employers’ information

HMRC will publish the names, an indication of the value of claims and Company Registration Numbers of employers who make CJRS claims for periods from December onwards. We’ll write to you again with details of when this information will be published.

For claim periods from December, your employees will also be able to check if you have made a CJRS claim on their behalf through their online Personal Tax Account. To set up a Personal Tax Account go to GOV‌.UK and search ‘Personal Tax Account: sign in or set up’.

Where you can get further support

Thousands of people have joined and benefited from our live webinars which now offer more support on changes to CJRS, and how they affect you. To book online, or to view updated guidance, go to GOV‌.UK and search ‘help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus’.

There’s also a helpful step-by-step guide on GOV.UK, summarising the latest information on CJRS and the steps you need to take to make a claim – you can find this by searching ‘step by step guide’.

Our phone lines and webchat remain very busy, so the quickest way to find the support you need is on GOV‌.UK. This will leave our phone lines and webchat service open for those who need them most.

New Guidance

Pay VAT deferred: You can pay now or get ready to opt in to the VAT deferral new payment scheme. If you deferred VAT between 20 March and 30 June 2020 and still have payments to make, you can:

  • pay the deferred VAT in full on or before 31 March 2021;
  • opt in to the VAT deferral new payment scheme when it launches in 2021;
  • contact HMRC if you need more help to pay.

Check how you can pay your deferred VAT.

If you want to opt in to the new payment scheme: You cannot opt in yet. The online opt in process will be available in early 2021. You must opt in yourself; your agent cannot do this for you.

Instead of paying the full amount by the end of March 2021, you can make up to 11 smaller monthly instalments, interest free. All instalments must be paid by the end of March 2022. For more on the opt in paying system check here

Consensus statement emphasises importance of covid-19-secure workplace: Public Health England (PHE), Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) have issued a consensus statement on the best approach to reduce occupational risk for workers including those of ethnic minority groups. Further details here.

Travel

Countries, territories or regions added to the travel corridor list

  • If you arrive in England from Bonaire / St Eustatius / Saba, Israel, Jerusalem, Namibia, Northern Mariana Islands, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Uruguay and the US Virgin Islands after 4am Saturday 21 November, you may not need to self-isolate read the rules about when you need to self-isolate and for how long
  • If you arrived in England from Bonaire / St Eustatius / Saba, Israel, Jerusalem, Namibia, Northern Mariana Islands, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Uruguay and the US Virgin Islands before 4am Saturday 21 November, you will need to self-isolate. Read how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK.

Test to Release: England introduces testing strategy for international arrivals: Testing strategy for passengers arriving into England will be introduced from 15 December 2020.

  • Tests will be at the cost of the traveller to protect the capacity of NHS Test and Trace.
  • 14-day self-isolation period reduced by up to two thirds on receipt of a negative COVID-19 test from a private provider after 5 days of isolation

For more information on the strategy click here