Coronavirus: United Kingdom, facing worst recession on record, sees GDP drop 20.4% in Q2

The UK has seen its economy, hit by the coronavirus crisis, suffer a "record" contraction of 20.4% in the second quarter, and is officially facing its worst recession on record, agency figures show National Statistics (ONS), published Wednesday 12 August. 
Economists consider that a country enters a technical recession when it accumulates two consecutive quarters of contraction in its economy. According to the ONS, most of the contraction, which began to be felt in March, occurred in April, an entire month of containment and almost total cessation of activity in the country, which saw production collapsed by 20%.

With a very early recovery in construction sites and manufacturing activity, gross domestic product (GDP) rebounded in May by 2.4% (revised figure), followed by an acceleration in June (+8.7 %) thanks in particular to the reopening of all shops. This is the biggest contraction in the UK economy since the ONS began these quarterly statistics in 1955, he said…

Coronavirus: Can I find another job while waiting for my partial unemployment?

“I am on a permanent contract put on partial unemployment because of the Covid-19. Do I have the right to find another job while I am unemployed?". asked by Corentin

"I heard on the news that a lot of fruit and vegetable pickup stations were available. I am currently on partial unemployment, I wanted to know if it was possible to combine partial unemployment benefits and in addition a job of collecting fruits and vegetables without losing the first benefits? If yes, under what conditions should it be done?". asked by Silvere

Here are the answers we found:
 
Can I find another job while waiting for my partial unemployment

The law authorizes an employee to combine several jobs, it is indicated, inter alia, on the site of the French administration, Service-public.fr. He can therefore benefit from the partial activity allowance and the remuneration linked to the other job. But this, under several conditions.

First of all, he must respect the "obligation of loyalty", that is to say that he cannot exercise an activity that can compete with that of his employer. Cumulation can be prohibited by contractual provisions or a clause in the employment contract, such as that of exclusivity (which applies even if the activity does not compete with that of the employer). So be sure to check your employment contract, if you want to apply for another job. But also to notify your first employer, to specify the name of the one for whom you are going to work, as well as the duration of your contract.

Another condition: regardless of the number of employers, or the duration of each contract, the employee must respect the maximum legal working time set out in the Labor Code. In normal times, the latter should not exceed more than ten hours per day and forty-eight hours per week. However, since Ordinance No. 2020-323 of March 25, 2020, it can be extended to twelve hours a day, and sixty hours a week. Only “in the sectors particularly necessary for the security of the nation and the continuity of economic and social life”, and this until December 31, 2020. The sectors concerned by these derogations will be the subject of a decree, a clarified the Minister of Labor, Muriel Pénicaud, Tuesday March 24. We already know that the agricultural and food sector is one of them.




To "provide everyone with uninterrupted access to healthy and quality food", farmers need labor, insisted Muriel Pénicaud and his counterparts at the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire , and at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Didier Guillaume. This pool is usually made up of seasonal foreign workers, who have been unable to move freely since the borders were closed to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

Will Corentin and Silvere be tempted?