Job Retention / Furlough Scheme Essential Round Up & Update For Employers

In this episode of the podcast I cover the recent updated guidance about the job retention / furlough scheme following the publishing of an update from HMRC late on the 9th April 2020.

Also including a summary of the scheme, the three key stages of the furlough process that employers should consider and my thoughts on annual leave and furloughing.

In this episode I will cover:

  • The updated position in respect of TUPE situations and transferring employees.
  • Reassurance that those on a work visa can be furloughed.
  • Summary of the key elements of the scheme that employers need to be aware of.
  • What the three stages of furlough are that employers need to consider.
  • The position in respect of consultation and collective consultation requirements.
  • The current position and guidance available in respect of annual leave, including taking leave, bank holidays and requiring employees to take holiday during the furlough period.
  • A reminder about considering employee relations and your future relationship with employees, and your general reputation.

Action Points

  1. Check employee contracts to see what your obligations are and what changes you can make.
  2. Draw up a list of employees or roles that may need to be furloughed.
  3. Start talking to staff about your plans and the reasons for it.
  4. Communicate with staff and ensure you put the details of the furlough scheme in writing. This must be kept for 5 years for HMRC purposes.
  5. Where possible get the employees written agreement to the change.
  6. Create a spreadsheet to record details of furloughed employees.
  7. Speak to your accountant or payroll provider about how they can assist you in reporting and/or calculations.
  8. Start preparing for the portal to be open and making your claim.
  9. Consider what steps you need to take and will take to reintegrate staff who have been furloughed.
  10. Listen to episodes 143 and 144 about the scheme.
  11. If in doubt get advice.

Resources: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme


Support from the RELA Team

DIY Furlough Support Package available to download for £50 plus VAT and including:

  1. Letter/notice to all staff asking for volunteers and notifying staff of proposal.
  2. Example Selection criteria.
  3. Letter notifying staff that they are being furloughed.
  4. Furlough agreement.
  5. FAQ’s sheet to issue to employees.

Click here to go to the DIY shop

Business Support from a Solicitor: For a fixed fee of £250 plus VAT we can provide:

  1. Review of your employment contracts to check relevant applicable clauses that may assist in your decision making.
  2. Providing advice on options available at this time in respect of staff during the current situation including:
    • Furlough
    • Reducing hours
    • Redundancy
    • Lay-off
  3. Up to 1-hour of telephone calls to discuss and answer questions.
  4. Template letter depending on your choice of action.
  5. FAQ’s document for furloughed employees.
  6. Automatic updates when available of if there are changes to the scheme.

For more information or to access these offers for employers please contact us on 01983 897003 or by email: alison@realemploymentlawadvice.co.uk


Please do leave your thoughts on this issue in the comments section below. Please ensure that any comments are respectful to all views and opinions.

As part of our HR Harbour annual subscription service for employers we provide guidance and training for employers, supervisors and managers. If you would like to know more about the HR Harbour Service and how you can get unlimited support from as little as £198 per month please contact me for a no obligation discussion – alison@realemploymentlawadvice.co.uk or you can find full details here: HR Harbour

Don’t forget you can contact us by telephone 01983 897003, 01722 653001 or 023 8098 2006


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The information contained in this Podcast and post is provided for guidance and is a snapshot of the law at the time. It is provided for your information only and should not be used as a substitute for obtaining legal advice that it specific to your particular circumstances.

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