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Mandatory vaccination extended to frontline health and social care workers
Mandatory vaccination is to be extended in England to health and social care workers, including volunteers, who have face-to-face contact with service. This will cover ancillary workers such as porters or receptionists who have social contact as well as medical staff, unless they are exempt. The requirements will come into force in Spring 2022, with a 12-week grace period between the regulations being made and coming into force, to give those who have not yet been vaccinated a chance to get both doses. Enforcement is expected to begin from 1 April 2022.
Guidance on making late CJRS claims
New guidance on how to Make a late Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claim has been published by HMRC. Although all claims should have been made by 14 October, with any amendments to September claims due by 28 October, HMRC may accept late claims in a limited number of circumstances. Employers must have taken reasonable care to try to claim on time, have a "reasonable excuse", and have claimed as soon as the reasonable excuse no longer applied.
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