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Furlough – the next chapter

We are now well into the Flexible Furlough Scheme (FFS) with the employers’ contributions starting to increase until the scheme ends in October. The wording of the scheme has been refined several times but most employers using the scheme are getting to grips with it.

There have been a few panics on the way, particularly when at one point the drafting stated that employers could claim from the CJRS (furlough grant) for employees working their statutory notice. The fact that it specifically mentioned “statutory” gave rise to the concern that this meant that contractual leave in addition to any statutory entitlement would not be covered. Fortunately, the text was revised and clarified that it would cover any contractual leave too. But any redundancy payment was specifically excluded.
Posted on 21 Jul 2020

Should I Stay or Should I Go?* The Dilemma of returning to the Office

Employers can be excused for not really understanding the government’s message about the next stage of relaxing the lockdown. On one hand the message is that those people who were shielding can start to come back out again (but continue to ensure strict social distancing) and the Prime Minister is encouraging employers to make arrangements for their premises to become Covid-Secure. He said on 10th July that, “people should start to go to work now if [they] can.”

At the same time official government guidance remains that reasonable steps should be taken by employers to help employees work from home – and that, while they should go back to work if they can’t work from home, staff should still work from home if they can.
Posted on 21 Jul 2020

Extension of Redundancy Maternity Protection Plans Likely

Regular readers will be aware that last year there was a plan to extend the protections against redundancy currently held by employees on maternity leave. The bill, which is intended to provide certain protections – for example priority in being given alternative employment over other employees “at risk” of redundancy from the point that she notifies them she is pregnant until six months after the end of her maternity leave, had its first reading in the Commons in May last year and was mentioned in the Queen’s Speech. However, its introduction was delayed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Posted on 21 Jul 2020

New Grants for Employers – Will you be Eligible?

During July 2020 the Government has announced several new initiatives and grants to reward employers who keep furloughed staff on into 2021 as well as additional funding for those taking on apprentices and making work placements available.
Posted on 21 Jul 2020

Flexible Furlough - Treasury Direction now published

You will no doubt be aware that the new flexible furlough scheme will be starting on 1st July 2020. I have summarised the main changes in https://cheringtonhr.com/news/592 and since then it has been announced that returning reservists can also be included along with those who have been away on maternity and other forms of statutory family leave.
Posted on 26 Jun 2020
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