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