Commentary and analysis

All items: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme/Furlough leave

  • Extended furlough scheme - the issues that HR need to know about

    Date:
    23 November 2020

    The extended furlough scheme has already been the subject of revised government guidance and a subsequent Treasury Direction. Consultant editor Darren Newman examines the extended scheme and the issues that it presents for HR and employers.

  • Furlough extension: practical implications for HR

    Date:
    11 November 2020

    Following the announcement that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be in place until March 2021 and will cover 80% of wages again, Sungjin Park looks at some of the practicalities for HR.

  • Employment law: Seven key tasks for HR in 2021

    Date:
    11 November 2020

    2020 was the year that HR was required to react to the unexpected, but it's now time to plan for the known challenges in the coming year. We look at what HR can do to prepare for 2021.

  • The next ethical dilemma: Do we pay back furlough?

    Date:
    21 July 2020

    Firms like Asos, Taylor Wimpey and Ikea are repaying furlough money, while others, such as Primark and Rightmove, say they will not take up the job retention bonus. What's their motivation?

  • Furlough fraud: How employers can ensure their CJRS claims are lawful

    Date:
    16 July 2020

    Recent furlough fraud arrests have focused minds among HR professionals on ensuring that their use of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme stays above board and there are no errors and poor record-keeping that could lead to investigation by HMRC. Taylor Wessing's Colin Godfrey offers guidance.

  • Reaction: Is the job retention bonus a drop in the ocean?

    Date:
    8 July 2020

    The £1,000 incentive to bring back employees from furlough has been described as "inconsequential" and potentially not enough to prevent employers from making large-scale redundancies in the coming months.

  • Seven things employers need to know about flexible furlough

    Date:
    16 June 2020

    Late last week the Government published the first full guidance on the new flexible furlough scheme coming into force on 1 July. Joanne Moseley, senior associate solicitor at Irwin Mitchell, examines the key details.

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: What amounts to work?

    Date:
    28 May 2020

    A lack of definitive guidance, and the potentially serious consequences of inadvertently asking a furloughed employee to work, means that many employers are still uncertain about what amounts to working under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Jo Broadbent, Counsel Knowledge Lawyer at Hogan Lovells, provides legal and practical guidance on the issues that employers need to consider.

  • Fraudulent claims and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

    Date:
    28 May 2020

    The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has already paid out more than £15 billion in grants. Given the sums involved, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) recognises there is potential for fraud - and has seen around 800 reports of fraudulent applications. Graham Brown reports on the consequences for unscrupulous employers.

  • Coronavirus and carrying over annual leave

    Date:
    27 May 2020

    With employers required to top up furloughed employees' pay for any annual leave they take, many will be anxious to avoid this extra expense at the current time. However, the result could be a glut of holiday requests towards the end of the leave year. Consultant editor Darren Newman looks at how the coronavirus amendments to the Working Time Regulations may help employers facing this situation.

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Commentary and analysis: HR and legal information and guidance relating to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme/Furlough leave.