Do I need to consider having “Furloughed Workers”?

On Friday 20 March, the government announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Under the Scheme, it will be possible for employers (including churches and charities) to be reimbursed some costs where staff are designated “furloughed workers” and meet the terms of the Scheme.

This is a new legal concept for the UK, a (probably one-off) temporary alternative to the more technical legal concept of a “lay off” (where the employee has some right to a small guarantee payment and may request to be made redundant after 12 weeks).

We now have all of the expected official details on how the Scheme will operate. These have changed over time, are not always clear and conflict in some areas. Our understanding of how they will work together in practice and be reconciled is set out below. This cannot constitute legal advice – it is our best steer based upon the current information available.

We have created a factsheet to guide you through our understanding of the scheme. Please note, this cannot constitute legal advice – it is our best steer based upon the current information available:

Here’s a link to the PDF of the factsheet

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have specific enquiries regarding the Scheme.

 

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