I have lost count of the number of changes made to the extended furlough scheme in the last two weeks, but one very important change that employers need to know about, has been made tonight (13th November) regarding notice period and CJRS claims. It was hinted that there might be a change to the previous arrangements, but this has now been confirmed.
Posted on 13 Nov 2020
The Government promised more information on the detail of the extended furlough scheme on 10th November. They did – but not until after most businesses had finished work for the day. There were some aspects that were as expected, but some mistakes and some things that employers need to be alert to – such as the possibility that from 1st December it may not cover those serving notice as a result of redundancy.
Posted on 11 Nov 2020
The Government announced back in August that the “Shielding” arrangements for clinically vulnerable employees would be finished and that they could return to the workplace. However, since the reintroduction of the lockdown on the 5th November in England, new shielding measures have been announced that will apply nationally for 4 weeks up until the 2nd December.
Posted on 08 Nov 2020
These are the words of Anneliese Dodds, the shadow chancellor, who criticised the government for being too slow in providing the support it needs. She was making these comments at the sudden announcement of the further extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme (CJRS) on 5th November – less than five days after it was announced that he was reopening and extending the scheme.
There have been some major changes including the suspension of the planned Job Retention Bonus that was due to have been paid after the 31st January 2021. So, what does this mean for businesses?
Posted on 08 Nov 2020
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS or furlough scheme) was originally planned to end on 31 October and the new Job Support Scheme (JSS – both Open and Closed versions) was set to launch on 1 November. However, the Prime Minister announced on Saturday night (31st October) that the furlough scheme will be extended, having previously stood firm against calls for such an extension (although the Treasury had amended the terms of the JSS that was going to replace it.)
Some businesses will be ordered to close from Thursday whilst essential work will continue. Employees have again been told that they should work from home wherever possible but clearly there is a lot of work to do, to undo the preparations businesses had made in anticipation of the new JSS coming into being. The full list of business sectors that must close will be published shortly, but those already indicated include:
Posted on 01 Nov 2020