Employees are likely to be encouraged to remain working from home until at least Easter 2021, when it is hoped that a combination of a tighter "tier" system, further testing and the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations will have "driven down" the coronavirus infection rate.
The furlough scheme has been extended until the end of March, with the Government continuing to cover 80% of employees' wages at firms affected by coronavirus restrictions, the chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced.
The government has published details of the one-off bonus that employers can claim if they keep previously furloughed employees on their books for three months after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme closes on 31 October.
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