Handling redundancies during the coronavirus pandemic
Coronavirus, Furlough Leave and Redundancy
Even with the unprecedented support of the Government’s Coronavirus Job
Retention Scheme (furlough scheme), it was always likely that many
companies would be looking at making staff redundant, either during, or at
the end of, the furlough period. After all, the purpose of the scheme is to
help: “employers whose operations have been severely affected by
coronavirus (COVID-19) to retain their employees and protect the UK
economy” and the Guidance Notes explicitly acknowledge the possibility of
redundancy: “Your employer can still make you redundant while you’re on
furlough or afterwards”.
The CJRS has been extended to October 2020 with the scheme continuing in
its current form until 30th June 2020. From July to October
2020 the scheme will be changed so that furloughed employees can be brought
back part-time and the amount that HMRC will reimburse will fall in August, September and October 2020.
Documents to help employers manage
during and after furlough leave can be found in the Employment folder.