COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Updated: 02/04/2020; 14:21

We would like to reassure you that we are continuing to take the current Coronavirus situation extremely seriously, and we will continue to put first the health, safety and well-being of all our staff.

Our approach is to continue to follow the latest guidance from both the Government and the NHS, and we will ensure that our employees and Agency Workers’ best interests are always put first, at the same time that we try to safeguard the long-term sustainability of the business.

On 20th March 2020, the Chancellor announced the creation of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) which allows UK Employers to apply for a grant for ‘furloughed employees.’ Employers can use a portal to claim for 80% of furloughed employees’ (employees on a leave of absence) usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month. The scheme will operate from 1st March 2020 for 3 months. It was clarified late on Wednesday 26th March 2020 that Agency Workers would also be included in this scheme.

The criteria for PAYE Agency Workers to qualify for this scheme is detailed below:

  • The Agency Worker was on the PAYE payroll on the 28th February 2020.
  • The assignment that the Agency Worker was undertaking has temporarily ended due to the Governments guidelines regarding Corona Virus.
  • A PAYE Agency Worker may also qualify if they fall into the vulnerable persons group as outlined by the Government, this group should have received a letter advising them to “shield” for 12 weeks.

For those PAYE Agency workers that do meet the criteria for this scheme it is important to understand that Igloo will apply for this grant, however this application will be subject to Government approval and although we do not expect many, if any, to be declined, there is always the chance that this could be the case.

The guidance we have received today is that, in order for Igloo to be able to claim a grant for furlough pay for a furloughed Agency Worker,  the Agency Worker should not undertake any work for not only Igloo but any other employer, unless this work commenced prior to your furlough period starting with Igloo.

To be clear, if you wish to take up new employment with another employer, then your furloughed status will come to an end.

Over the coming days those Agency Workers that Igloo is proposing to ‘furlough’ will receive an email containing further information on CJRS  and what this means to you.

The government are building a portal to allow employers to submit their claims for grants. This is expected to be by the end of April but no specific date has been released yet.

Please be assured that Igloo’s Senior Management, along with our Legal Partners, are working around the clock to make this process as smooth as possible, and we will continue to update workers as we have further information available to us. We really appreciate your patience at this worrying and unprecedented time.

If you are a self-employed worker, we strongly recommend reading the Governments information which is available on the below link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

Should you have any questions or queries in the meantime could you please email compliance@igloodrivers.com

Please continue to follow the Governments advice and keep yourself, your loved ones and the wider community safe.

Kind regards,
James Mawby


IR35 Reform

IR35 Reform

SOME GOOD NEWS…..     IR35 reforms – Deferred until 2021

The government has postponed the IR35 reforms due to come in to force in April 2020 for twelve months in light of a Covid-19 fallout and the undue pressure on the UK’s economy.

All contractors operating via their own Ltd. Company or P.S.C will be able to continue this practice for a further 12 months.

Good news in light of the unprecedented environment we find ourselves in today.


coronavirus how its effecting igloo

COVID-19 and the impact this is having in our sectors

As key workers Igloo’s employees will play a key role in keeping the Transport and Logistics sector running smoothly.

There has been a boom in the Transport and Logistics sector due to the high demands in the supermarkets. Igloo’s team are working tirelessly, day and night, to keep this supply chain running smoothly and helping to keep the essentials in the supermarkets due to the high demands in the stores.

However, within the automotive industry we are seeing the total opposite with COVID-19 rapidly evolving, warehouses, docks and plants have all been affected, we are seeing warehouses are coming to a halt and manufacturing plants have suspended production to ensure the health and safety of all employees and the wider public. China is one of the largest markets in the automotive industry so therefore the production lines have stopped due to the lack of parts coming in. Many cars that are made in Spain, Italy and France are exported to other European countries however, during the lockdown in some of these countries people are unable to go out and buy cars or even make them, due to this no cars are being shipped into the UK docks which is having a major impact on companies and their employees.

As the World slowly locks itself down to contain this awful virus, Igloo will continue to play its part in ensuring that key workers are out working whilst ensuring these workers are safe and remain healthy. These people along with all the other key workers in other sectors across the country are playing an unbelievable role in ensuring all of our families are fed and watered each day.

Stay vigilant and safe and please ensure you are being socially responsible by keeping your distance between each other.