Category Archives: Furlough

What are the changes to the furlough / job retention scheme?

Phase 2 of the scheme: update Another new word for the employment lawyer and HR dictionary – ‘flexible furlough’! On Friday 29th May 2020, the Chancellor gave details of how the furlough or job retention scheme will look as it continues through until the end of October 2020. Having reviewed the details, I view it […]

Issues that are arising for employers who want to bring employees back to work from furlough?

Dealing with staff who do not want to come back to work As lockdown eases and restrictions on sectors are lifting, many businesses across the UK are starting to bring their staff back into work.   However, this is not proving to be a simple task as not all employees are ready or willing to […]

Will the furlough cut-off date place employees on maternity and other family leave at a disadvantage?

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Furlough cut-off for new employees may cause difficulty for those employees currently on family leave One of the major announcements was that the furlough / job retention scheme will close to new members on 30 June 2020. After this date, employers will only be able to furlough employees who have already been furloughed for the […]

Furlough Scheme Phase 2: Key information for employers

What are the changes to the furlough / job retention scheme? Another new word for the employment lawyer and HR dictionary – ‘flexible furlough’! On Friday 29th May 2020, the Chancellor gave details of how the furlough or job retention scheme will look as it continues through until the end of October 2020. Having reviewed […]

Bringing employees back to work: The reluctant to returner

Advice for employers on bringing employees back to work As the lockdown restrictions start to ease and more businesses are starting to think about returning to work, employers are beginning to consider what they need to do to get staff back to work. One of the issues that is coming up frequently from employers and […]

What notice pay should employers pay to employees on furlough?

What do you pay if an employee has agreed to accept 80% of pay during furlough I was recently asked what, on the face of it, appeared to be a simple question. The question was if employees have agreed to accept 80% of their salary while on furlough, is their notice pay also paid at […]

Returning to work after lockdown and furlough

While at present there is no formal end to the government’s restrictions on work or travel, it is possible that the UK will start to introduce more flexibility in the next few weeks. In addition, the current Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (commonly known as the furlough scheme) is currently due to end on 30 June […]

Key Points Employers should be considering during the lockdown

What do employers need to start thinking about while staff are furloughed? 1. Planning It is crucial to use this time to start planning for the future. Currently the coronavirus job retention scheme (furlough scheme) is open until the end of June 2020, this is just 8 weeks away and whilst there is a possibility […]

Monitoring the health of your staff

What steps can employers take in respect of employee health? I was recently asked whether, during this pandemic, an employer can lawfully conduct temperature checks on employees, workers, and visitors on entering the employer’s premises. While many businesses have closed, those that are still operating are still trying to operate as normal (whatever the new […]

Annual Leave & Furlough

What happens about annual leave during  furlough?  I want to start with a BIG disclaimer, this is completely uncharted territory and therefore some of what I am about to cover is untested and unknown. The information in this article is for information only and I would strongly recommend that you take advice about your own […]

Frequently Asked Questions about Furloughing

The job retention scheme FAQ’s  1. Will the payments be calculated on gross or net pay? You will pay employees in the normal way through the payroll and then you will recover up to 80% of usual monthly wage costs from HMRC (capped at £2,500 per month). In addition employers can claim Employer NI contributions […]

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