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Head of Employment Law, Katie Ash answers this frequently asked question "Unless you are volunteering for your employer under Public Health England guidance, then the guidance to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) confirms that no work must be undertaken by employees during a period of furlough.
Over recent weeks there has been a huge amount of emphasis on dealing with the lockdown.
Businesses and business owners have worked tirelessly to get their heads around the terms of furlough under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, ensuring staff who need to work can do so remotely, and that the office, factory or other workspace remains safe for those who do need to physically attend the workplace.
In this article, our residential property expert, Kate Skelton, answers some of the more commonly asked questions about what is and what is not possible during these times; including what to do if you have already exchanged contracts but are unable to move due to the pandemic, and who to speak to if your financial situation changes in the coming months.
The last few weeks have forced us all to change the way that we live our lives. From working, to schooling, to socialising and even shopping – we have had to adapt. There is no doubt that technology has played a big part in allowing us to adapt and indeed stay somewhat connected to the loved ones that we cannot meet in person.
Furlough leave is a government scheme that will allow businesses to continue paying a contribution to the salariesof employees who are not required to work “by reason of circumstances as a result of coronavirus or coronavirus disease”. The furlough scheme is known as the CJRS.
A Terrible consequence of the social distancing measures introduced to combat the COVID-19 pandemic has been a rise in the number of cases of domestic violence and abuse. The National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25% increase in calls and a 150% increase in visits to their website since the current situation began (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52157620). With the lockdown continuing for the foreseeable future, we sadly expect the number of domestic abuse cases to continue to grow during this time.
Boris Johnson has announced what is, effectively, a three week lockdown of the UK; banning people from leaving their homes or meeting in groups of more than two people to ensure that social distancing measures are enforced, and the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is kept to a minimum.
As the country continues to grapple with the evolving situation relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, many businesses and business owners are reacting in real time to the government advice relating to social distancing and non-essential travel.