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 was due to finish on 31 October 2020 but the planned closure has
now been postponed until 30 April 2021.
It is possible for employers to make employees redundant during or after
furlough leave. However, given that the purpose of the CJRS is to enable
employers to maintain their workforce, employers should be careful not to
progress too quickly from furlough to redundancy.
Documents to help employers manage
during and after furlough leave can be found in the Employment folder.