COVID-19 – Flexible Furlough and Health and Safety

Part-time furloughing Organisations can furlough staff part-time from tomorrow, 1 July 2020.  The Treasury Direction released on Friday states that a written agreement must be in place with the employee before they are “flexibly-furloughed”.  Agreements were required with full-time furloughed employees, but you will need to vary the terms or ask employees to sign a new agreement [...]


COVID-19 – Furlough Scheme Changes July 1st

The furlough scheme (CJRS) changes on 1 July as follows: Employees can work part-time and be furloughed for the remainder of the time Employees no longer need to be furloughed for a minimum of 3 weeks. For a summary of the changes for July click here. For an example of how to claim for part-time furloughing [...]


COVID-19 – Furlough Deadline

Today is the last chance to place employees on furlough leave for the first time.  Anyone who has never been furloughed by the end of today will not be eligible for furlough leave in future under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. That said, news broke yesterday that an exception will be made for parents [...]


COVID-19 – Furlough Scheme Update

Friday afternoon at 5pm is no longer time for Crackerjack (apologies for those who are too young to remember that children’s TV show) ……….. it’s the time for the next Furlough Scheme update from the Treasury. The following headlines were announced: The CJRS will remain open until the end of October 2020. Furloughed [...]


COVID-19 – Back to work guidance

Following two months of lockdown, the Government has put in place plans to get the nation back to work. Below we summarise the guidance to employers on preparing workplaces for staff to return to work.  We also address the use of PPE in the workplace and provide an update on the furlough scheme [...]


COVID-19 Latest update on the Job Retention scheme

Latest update on the Government Coronavirus job retention scheme The key points are: Employers can now claim for employees on the payroll on or before 19 March 2020 – not 28 February 2020 as previously published. Claims should only be made for employees who have been furloughed “by reason of circumstances as a [...]


COVID-19 Further update on the Job Retention scheme

The following information emerged today (8th April 2020) about claims under the job retention scheme: The key points are: the HMRC portal for claims is expected to go live on 20 April 2020 the first payments are expected to be made on 30 April 2020 payments are expected to be made 4-6 days after claims [...]


COVID-19 Updated Guidance on furlough scheme

The Government has just released (4th April 2020) further guidance on its job retention or furlough leave scheme. The key points are: A furloughed employee can work for another employer at the same time as being furloughed. This enables furloughed employees to fill keyworker vacancies (eg. for the NHS).An employer can help a furloughed [...]

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