Furlough Scheme: the changing structure

30 September 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough scheme) was put in place to support employers who were not able to operate as normal due to the pandemic.

Re-opening the workplace after lockdown — part 1

26 September 2020

On Sunday 10 May 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that he had been working on guidance for employers in England on how workplaces can remain COVID-19 secure. This guidance was released on Monday 11 May 2020 as eight documents, each covering different sectors. There are some commonalities covering every sector.

Re-opening the workplace after lockdown — part 2

26 September 2020

On 22 September 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that office workers should once again be able to work from home if they can in England – this default position had remained the same in Scotland and Wales. Generally, priority for employers in England is now likely to be implementing homeworking again. For more information on his announcement, see our What’s New item

How to guide for furlough

25 September 2020

This article provides guidance for managing furlough and the Job Retention Scheme. This information is being continually checked and updated where necessary where Government guidance changes.

Managing annual leave during coronavirus

16 September 2020

With coronavirus still creating numerous issues for companies, many employers may be wondering how they should manage annual leave requests. Ben McCarthy, lead researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, examines this in more detail below.

Implications of coronavirus local lockdown measures

10 September 2020

The Prime Minister set out in his announcement on 17 July that, from 18 July, local authorities in England will be able to take action to implement localised lockdown measures. This includes closing specific premises and restricting travel. So far in England, a number of areas have faced local lockdown rules with some businesses in these areas having to remain closed while other parts of the country come out of national lockdown restrictions.

Furlough fraud penalties confirmed by HMRC

10 September 2020

According to reports, the number of fraudulent claims has continued to increase in recent weeks as exploitation of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the furlough scheme) becomes a new Government threat. HMRC has announced the penalties that can be imposed on the employers who commit furlough fraud. Opeyemi Ogundeji, researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, explores this in more detail below.