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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - 'Furlough leave'

On Friday 20th March, the Chancellor set out a package of temporary measures to support people and businesses through the period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

 

These measures include a new 'Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme'.  Under the scheme all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been 'laid off' during this crisis.

On Wednesday 25th March 2020, the Coronavirus Act 2020 received Royal Assent. This comes amongst emergency legislation the Government has introduced to help combat the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Act introduces ‘emergency volunteering leave’ which gives workers the opportunity to leave their main job to volunteer temporarily in the NHS or social care sector. Employees will be permitted to apply to an appropriate authority for a certificate which will allow them to act as an emergency volunteer in health or social care.

On the evening of 23 March 2020, the Prime Minister announced the most stringent measures yet to attempt to control the spread of the covid-19 coronavirus. Details of the UK government’s announcement can be found here and the Scottish government’s guidance can be found here.

What we know about ‘lockdown’

This page contains links to the most recent information relating to employment issues, including governement announcements and associated guidance/advice.  

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Job Retention Bonus - update

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Job Support Scheme

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