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21st April 2020 | Joanne Perry | Employment Law, Coronavirus, Furlough
Until a few weeks ago, the concept of “furloughing” staff was a foreign one for UK employers. Now, however, it’s the hot topic on everyone’s lips. As you are probably aware, the furlough provisions are part of a range of measures introduced by the Government to help businesses cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and allow employers to temporarily suspend staff and reclaim some of their pay from HMRC.
Unfortunately, employers and lawyers alike are having to deal with an ever-changing playing field, as they attempt to digest and interpret various iterations of guidance from the Government and HMRC – some of which even appears to directly contradict itself.
We are now in mid-April and the Guidance on the furlough scheme has had its fifth update. We also now have a Treasury Direction which sets out the legal basis of the scheme. Many of us are not used to interpreting legislation in this format – however, this is likely to be the only legislative provision we have.
There are a couple of key points arising from the Directive and latest Guidance:
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