Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October 2020

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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October, the Chancellor announced today (see Government announcement here). Our partner Nicky Gleadow at The HR Point has written an article which gives the details.

The MIA’s Paul Mc will be recording a Q&A session with Nicky tomorrow, if you have any specific questions, please email paulmc@mia.org.uk and Nicky will try her best to answer them!

Changes to furlough leave

The Chancellor has just announced that furlough leave will be extended to the end of October this year.

There will be no changes until the end of July.

From August, employees will be able to be brought back to work part-time while furloughed.

From August, employers will need to share some of the cost – but no details on how.

We expect further guidance this month – which we will of course share with you.

Returning to work – further guidance

Further guidance was released yesterday – read here:

Our plan to re-build: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

The government is encouraging employers to get employees back to work where they can not work from home, and their workplace is not one of those required to be closed.

This does not mean that you can not furlough staff if you do not have enough work for them or if they are shielding or have childcare needs.

Employees who can work from home should continue to work from home, this advice has not changed.

There is a tentative timetable for when certain closed business can expect to open, and those businesses should start to plan how they will re-open.

Safe workplaces

The Government released guidance for employers on how to make their workplaces Covid secure.  It is important you read those relevant to you and make any adjustments required.

The 5 key points are:

  1. work from home if you can
  2. carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment
  3. maintain 2 meter social distancing
  4. where social distancing can not be maintained – managing transmission risk
  5. reinforced cleaning

There are specific guidance for different workplaces – more than one may apply to your business: www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19