TSA Update: 3 June 2020

The TSA continues to work hard to represent the industry and keep members updated throughout the COVID-19 crisis. TSA members receive regular and comprehensive communications.

This update is just a highlight of some of the work that the TSA has been doing as highlighted by David Stevens’ CEO, TSA in his most recent member update.

For more details please visit the TSA’s website or contact them directly about membership. Also, keep an eye on Laundry & Cleaning Today’s website and our latest issues for more COVID-19 related updates.

REOPENING GUIDANCE

The TSA recently held a live webinar presentation about their Good Practice Guide for the reopening of hospitality laundries. This document and the webinar are available to members through their website. If any non-members would like to see a copy then please contact the TSA directly.

WORKING PARTNERSHIPS

The TSA is continuing to work with UK Hospitality Association, and are reviewing different options to help provide hotels and their customers with confidence that laundries will deliver hygienically clean linen. They think that the TSA should mandate that all members are able to provide a validation that their wash processes fully disinfect all linens, this still allows for both thermal and chemical processes, but chemical processes will require validation from your chemical supplier.

CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME

Here are some of the key elements of the recent scheme updates – whilst the scheme currently ends in October, the TSA are supporting UK Hospitality who are lobbying to extend the scheme, so it operates for 12 months.

A few key points highlighted by the TSA:

  • Last date – 10th June is the last date you can furlough an employee for the first time.
  • Flexible furlough – from 1st July part-time working is allowed which is a great change to the scheme – remember these arrangements need to be agreed with staff and confirmed in writing.  More information is expected to be published on 12th June.
  • Payments  
    • June and July: The government will pay 80 per cent of wages up to a cap of £2,500 as well as employer National Insurance (ER NICS) and pension contributions. Employers are not required to pay anything.
    • August: The government will pay 80 per cent of wages up to a cap of £2,500. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions – for the average claim, this represents 5 per cent of the gross employment costs the employer would have incurred had the employee not been furloughed.
    • September: The government will pay 70 per cent of wages up to a cap of £2,187.50. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions and 10 per cent of wages to make up 80 per cent total up to a cap of £2,500. For the average claim, this represents 14 per cent of the gross employment costs the employer would have incurred had the employee not been furloughed.
    • October: The government will pay 60 per cent of wages up to a cap of £1,875. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions and 20 per cent of wages to make up 80 per cent total up to a cap of £2,500. For the average claim, this represents 23 per cent of the gross employment costs the employer would have incurred had the employee not been furloughed.

For further information click here.

WEBINARS FOR SMALL INDEPENDENT LAUNDRIES

The TSA has been running regular webinars to support independent laundries. The next set of webinars will be hosted on Thursday 18th June – one for the north region (9am – 9.45am) and one for the south (11am – 11.45am). To register please contact the TSA.

TSA – COMMUNICATION AND MEMBERSHIP

One of the biggest positives during this crisis has been how the industry has come together and the TSA has been pleased to have been able to open their communication stream to non-members. Going forward they would love to keep these new connections that have built over the past few months, and welcome any new connections, so they invite anyone in the industry into membership.

For more information about TSA membership and to receive a members pack, or for more information about anything mentioned in this update,  please contact the TSA directly through their website.

LOBBYING

The TSA has worked tirelessly to gain the attention of government to secure hospitality status for laundries, and they will continue to lobby on behalf of the industry. They encourage everyone to contact their local MP. For more information about this and suggested wording please refer to this other recent update.

To help their conversations with government they are very keen to hear from any industry laundry business who has been accepted as hospitality status. Or if they’ve received push back from their council. Please get in contact with the TSA to share your experiences. Any requests for confidentiality and/or anonymity will be respected. Their interest is in understanding the bigger picture.

The TSA continues to work hard to represent the industry and keep members updated throughout the COVID-19 crisis. TSA members receive regular and comprehensive communications.

This update is just a highlight of some of the work that the TSA has been doing as highlighted by David Stevens’ CEO, TSA in his most recent member update.

For more details please visit the TSA’s website or contact them directly about membership. Also, keep an eye on Laundry & Cleaning Today’s website and our latest issues for more COVID-19 related updates.

REOPENING GUIDANCE

The TSA recently held a live webinar presentation about their Good Practice Guide for the reopening of hospitality laundries. This document and the webinar are available to members through their website. If any non-members would like to see a copy then please contact the TSA directly.

WORKING PARTNERSHIPS

The TSA is continuing to work with UK Hospitality Association, and are reviewing different options to help provide hotels and their customers with confidence that laundries will deliver hygienically clean linen. They think that the TSA should mandate that all members are able to provide a validation that their wash processes fully disinfect all linens, this still allows for both thermal and chemical processes, but chemical processes will require validation from your chemical supplier.

CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME

Here are some of the key elements of the recent scheme updates – whilst the scheme currently ends in October, the TSA are supporting UK Hospitality who are lobbying to extend the scheme, so it operates for 12 months.

A few key points highlighted by the TSA:

  • Last date – 10th June is the last date you can furlough an employee for the first time.
  • Flexible furlough – from 1st July part-time working is allowed which is a great change to the scheme – remember these arrangements need to be agreed with staff and confirmed in writing.  More information is expected to be published on 12th June.
  • Payments  
    • June and July: The government will pay 80 per cent of wages up to a cap of £2,500 as well as employer National Insurance (ER NICS) and pension contributions. Employers are not required to pay anything.
    • August: The government will pay 80 per cent of wages up to a cap of £2,500. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions – for the average claim, this represents 5 per cent of the gross employment costs the employer would have incurred had the employee not been furloughed.
    • September: The government will pay 70 per cent of wages up to a cap of £2,187.50. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions and 10 per cent of wages to make up 80 per cent total up to a cap of £2,500. For the average claim, this represents 14 per cent of the gross employment costs the employer would have incurred had the employee not been furloughed.
    • October: The government will pay 60 per cent of wages up to a cap of £1,875. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions and 20 per cent of wages to make up 80 per cent total up to a cap of £2,500. For the average claim, this represents 23 per cent of the gross employment costs the employer would have incurred had the employee not been furloughed.

For further information click here.

WEBINARS FOR SMALL INDEPENDENT LAUNDRIES

The TSA has been running regular webinars to support independent laundries. The next set of webinars will be hosted on Thursday 18th June – one for the north region (9am – 9.45am) and one for the south (11am – 11.45am). To register please contact the TSA.

TSA – COMMUNICATION AND MEMBERSHIP

One of the biggest positives during this crisis has been how the industry has come together and the TSA has been pleased to have been able to open their communication stream to non-members. Going forward they would love to keep these new connections that have built over the past few months, and welcome any new connections, so they invite anyone in the industry into membership.

For more information about TSA membership and to receive a members pack, or for more information about anything mentioned in this update,  please contact the TSA directly through their website.

LOBBYING

The TSA has worked tirelessly to gain the attention of government to secure hospitality status for laundries, and they will continue to lobby on behalf of the industry. They encourage everyone to contact their local MP. For more information about this and suggested wording please refer to this other recent update.

To help their conversations with government they are very keen to hear from any industry laundry business who has been accepted as hospitality status. Or if they’ve received push back from their council. Please get in contact with the TSA to share your experiences. Any requests for confidentiality and/or anonymity will be respected. Their interest is in understanding the bigger picture.

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