The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has today announced a four months’ extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Currently, at least, 7.5 million employees have been furloughed in the UK.
Furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500 until at least the end of July. From August, the scheme would continue but with greater flexibility to support the transition back to work. Employers currently using the scheme will then be able to bring furloughed employees back part-time, the cost of which will be shared between the Government and the employer.
On Friday 8th May 2020, the first minister, Marked Drakeford announced an extension of the stay at home lockdown until at least the 28th May and made only modest changes to lockdown measures. Including:
The government in England have marginally relaxed lockdown measures to make it easier for some business to return to work, including:
The government in England have also suggested that if infection rates continue to fall then they will relax several restrictions. These include the re-opening of non-essential retail and primary schools from the beginning of June and reopening leisure facilities and hospitality from the beginning of July.
While further information is released by the government, employers should consider further how to:
Below are the government guidelines to make sure that the workplace is a safe as possible:
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