Commentary and analysis

All items: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme/Furlough leave

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

    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

    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?

    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

    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?

    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

    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

    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.

  • The evolution of the furlough scheme: Employers' next steps

    26 May 2020

    Although guidance on the next phases of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is not expected until later this month, employers need to start planning what their workforces will look like now, writes Mark Kaye.

  • Furlough: What counts as pensionable salary?

    12 May 2020

    With almost a quarter of roles in the UK now accessing the Government's furlough scheme, many employers have raised questions around salary sacrifice and pensions contributions. Rachel Meadows outlines the additional costs and risks organisations could face.

  • Calculating notice pay for employees on furlough

    4 May 2020

    The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was created at such speed that it created many unanswered questions. The government has addressed many of these each time it releases a new iteration of the guidance. But, as Daniel Barnett examines, there is still an unclear issue.

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