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30th May 2020

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New furlough scheme announced

30th May 2020

The UK government had announced the extension and changes to the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme (CJRS) to October 2020 on 12 May 2020. There was a lot of speculation that businesses would be expected to contribute 20% of the costs of the furlough scheme from 1 August 2020. The government has now provided details on how businesses […]

Furlough: Is Europe leaving Britain behind?

21st May 2020

UPDATE 29/05/2020 : PART TIME FURLOUGH WILL BE INTRODUCED FROM JULY 2020 NOT AUGUST 2020 AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED WE HAVE UPDATED THIS BLOG ACCORDINGLY. The UK government has announced the extension of the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme (CJRS) to October 2020.  As part of this announcement, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, also announced that from July employers would […]

Can I ask my staff to take holiday during furlough?

11th May 2020

Update 14/05/2020: the government has published guidance confirming the advice below: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/holiday-entitlement-and-pay-during-coronavirus-covid-19#taking-holiday. By now, we assume that the majority of employers who are going to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) have done so. According to news reports almost 25% of employees are now on furlough. We have kept an eye on the directions […]