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Factsheet for case GB-2020-13/1109 – measures in United Kingdom

Confederation of British Industry issues business guidance

Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Business Guidance

Country United Kingdom , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 25 March 2020
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Supporting businesses to get back to normal
– Other
Author Claire Evans (Warwick University) and Eurofound
Case created 14 September 2020 (updated 04 October 2020)

Background information

On its website, the Confederation of British industry (CBI) has produced guidance for business on a range of issues; the guidance takes the form of 'frequently asked questions.' The issues include government and financial support available for business; emergency legislation and regulation; employment matters; meetings, travel and events; cleaning and health in the workplace; and supply chain management. The guidance is regularly updated in accordance with official guidance.

Content of measure

The guidance is provided on the CBI's website and is thus available to all. The guidance takes the form of frequently-asked questions and covers a range of topics, including government and financial support available for business; emergency legislation and regulation; employment matters; meetings, travel and events; cleaning and health in the workplace; and supply chain management.

With regard to employment, the guidance covers:

  • how business can help workers at risk of redundancy;
  • how business can support flexible and home-based working;
  • how business can maintain safe working practices when employees/workers cannot work from home;
  • the operation of the government's furlough scheme;
  • changes to the statutory sick pay scheme;
  • financial support for businesses paying sick pay;
  • supporting employees' mental well-being;
  • work checks for new starters; and
  • rules on visa expiry for migrant workers.

The guidance is regularly updated in accordance with official guidance and was last updated on 2 September 2020.

Use of measure

Unknown; no evaluation data is currently provided on number of site visits.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Employers' organisations
Employers organisation

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Not applicable Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Only employers' organisations
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

The 'measure' is not a negotiated measure; this is unilateral action taken by the CBI to support businesses during the pandemic. The support takes the form of openly-available and regularly updated advice and guidance. This will have been compiled by the CBI but they will not be involved in actual implementation or monitoring of actions taken by businesses.

Views and reactions

It can be assumed that the trade unions and other EOs would be supportive of the provision of guidance to businesses so that they can act in accordance with changed regulation etc.

Sources

  • 02 September 2020: CBI (2020) The latest coronavirus advice for business (www.cbi.org.uk)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Confederation of British Industry issues business guidance, case GB-2020-13/1109 (measures in United Kingdom), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.