This morning we have had the first report from HMRC on the operation of the Furlough Scheme. It is in the form of a tweet. It reports that 185,000 claims have been submitted covering 1,300,000 employees. So a lot of employees are benefitting from the Scheme. A lot of employers are, also doubtless, making

In line with its recently discovered penchant for updating the Furlough Scheme, the most recent Government guidance (the 4th) was published on Friday, 17 April, and in some ways manages the quite tricky task of publishing clarifications that make the Furlough Scheme less clear than it was before in some respects. An update on the

Only days after the last UK Government update, we now have a further set of updates in relation to the Guidance Note on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, and to the Self Employment Income Support Scheme, both of which we have written about previously. Crucially we also now have a Treasury Direction which provides the

The UK Government’s latest update for the Furlough Scheme follows hot on the heels of its previous guidance. The updated guidance, published on 9 April, just ahead of the Easter weekend, does clarify some areas of operation but leaves other questions unanswered. This update explains what has changed.
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Since our recent alert on the UK Government’s updates to Furlough Guidance, we have noted that clarifications to certain points have been supplemented through social media and other unusual sources. This short update provides clarification on questions regarding TUPE transfers, holiday and when the furlough portal is due to be operational. Read the full

On 4th April 2020 the UK Government provided an update to its previous guidance on the Furlough Scheme. This update builds on our previous article reviewing the original guidance on the Scheme, identifies key areas that have now shifted, and considers some of the issues which have not been addressed.

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At long last, we have further details on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. This has come out of GOV.UK overnight and provides some much welcomed detail. This update looks at the further information that has been provided and some potentially tricky areas for employers who are looking at using the Scheme. To read the full

The Coronavirus Act 2020 has now been passed by Parliament in the UK. The Emergency Volunteering Leave Scheme provides for employees and workers to take time off work to work as emergency volunteers. This note looks at the Scheme, the obligations an employer owes to staff who wish to volunteer, and some likely tricky issues

The UK Government has posted a link to the Coronavirus Business Support page.

There is limited further information on the job furlough Scheme, other than that they hope to have it up and running by the end of April 2020. To access the link to the furlough Scheme, please click here.

On 20 March, the UK Government announced a series of wide-ranging measures to assist businesses and employees through the COVID-19 crisis, including a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the “Scheme”) (see the Chancellor’s speech here). Whilst details of the Scheme are sparse at this stage, we set out below answers to key questions our clients