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Changes to the Furlough Scheme - New Deadlines & Increased Employer Contributions

The current Furlough Scheme meets 80% of wage costs, but from August the government contributions will decrease each month and employer contributions will be increased to meet the 80% wage costs, before the Scheme finally closes at the end of October. The current Furlough Scheme will close to all new entrants from 30 June 2020. Employers who want to register new entrants to the old Furlough Scheme will need to do so by 10 June 2020. Open from 1 July 2020, the New Flexible Furlough Scheme gives employers greater flexibility to bring staff back on a part-time basis but still get government support. So, if you can only bring employees back for 2 days per week, the Scheme will reimburse you for the 3 days where no work is available. Only those employees who have been registered under the current Furlough Scheme can be transferred over to this new Flexible Furlough Scheme. Read more

Coronavirus SSP Rebate Scheme - Learn How to Make Your First Claims

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme opened for online claims from Tuesday 26 May 2020. This government Scheme is for employers who had a PAYE scheme on or before 28 February 2020 and less than 250 employees before this date. The... Read more

Final Reminder for Legal Changes this April

News that next month’s off-payroll working reform is to be put on hold for a year will have come as a great relief to employers in these exceptionally challenging times. Another change due to come in from April 2020, is the lengthening of the holiday pay reference period from 12 to 52 weeks. The new regulations have been designed to make sure that seasonal workers, or those with unusual working hours, get the paid holiday to which they are entitled, and don’t lose out.  Also As part of revisions to the Government’s Good Work Plan, a Statement of Terms must be given to both employees and workers right from their first day at work Read more

Annual Leave and Holiday Pay for Furlough Leave

For all employers trying to understand how the government's furlough rules apply to your workforce including their annual leave and holiday pay, then read our latest article below. Questions covered include can a worker be on furlough leave and holiday leave at the same time? Can employers ask employees to take holiday leave during furlough? Read more