You might have seen our article in response to Friday’s announcement from Rishi Sunak on the introduction of “flexi-furloughing” and the final few months of the furlough scheme (follow the link below if you haven't had a chance to take a look yet).
We understand that the new information might cause confusion...not least because proper Government guidance on flexi-furloughing isn't going to be available until 12 June 2020! We have therefore produced a timeline of key dates and issues to help you keep track of the wind down of the furlough scheme and what is happening at a glance. You can access that here. Pay particular attention to the critical 10 June 2020 deadline - this is now the last date on which an employee can be placed in the furlough scheme for the first time (and yes, we know, that deadline falls before the guidance comes out!).
In addition, to help you navigate some of the key employment issues facing organisations and the impact the Chancellor’s announcement, we have updated our FAQs on the following topics:
- Restructuring and redundancy
- Managing a safe return to work
- Which employees can come back to work
- How to deal with sickness absence and pay
Please do take a look at these and just let us know if you have any questions about the winding down of the furlough scheme or your return to work planning.
The Chancellor has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will close at the end of October, with a new flexible furloughing option from 1 July. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak opted for a “softly softly” approach as he announced the details of the phase out of the furlough scheme – but one which still leaves open the possibility of an end-of-October “cliff edge”.