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 redundancy during and after furlough leave can be found in the Employment folder.