Monthly Archives: March 2020

BREAKING NEWS: CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME DETAILS PUBLISHED

The government has published further details of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (otherwise known as the Furlough Scheme). It is unclear whether HMRC intends to rely on this guidance only, or whether there will be actual legislation.  Below is a summary of the main points, however the full guidance (read here) will need to be read and professional advice taken before businesses make any decisions or take any action in respect of this scheme, as there are likely to

THE CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME – WHAT IT REALLY IS AND WHAT IT ISN’T

Given the way this scheme was built up prior to its announcement and how it has been reported, certainly in some areas of the media, employers will be forgiven for thinking that this is a scheme to financially support them by subsidising their wage costs through this difficult period. This scheme is nothing of the sort and provides no direct financial benefit to employers whatsoever. This scheme is really a device to help employees who would otherwise not be receiving an

ARE EMPLOYEES ALLOWED TO GO INTO WORK TODAY?

Yesterday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced (at 2:20): “Travelling to and from work [is permitted], but only where it is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home”. That was ambiguous, in that it was not clear whether the work had to be necessary, or whether the travel to get there had to be necessary. An hour or so later, the government published a document entitled Full guidance on staying at home and away from others. That guidance said “Travelling to and