Bringing staff back from furlough

As you will know, the Chancellor announced a 4-month extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The scheme will now run until 31 October 2020. We know that:

  • For the month of July the scheme will continue in exactly the same way as at has already.
  • From 1 August 2020 the scheme will allow for furloughed employees to return to work on a part time basis.
  • From 1 August through to 31 October employers will “share the costs” of the scheme with the Government.
  • The pay that an furloughed employee receives whilst on furlough will not alter ie minimum of 80% of pay, capped at £2,500.
  • There are no sector specifics attached to the scheme, it is open to all employers through to 31 October 2020.

The changes from 1 August are clearly designed to assist employers in transitioning their team back to work in a staged and managed way. However, the Chancellor did not provide any details of how the changes from 1 August will be implemented or how the cost sharing with the employer would work. More information on this is expected to be published by the end of this month.

In the meantime, many businesses are also starting to bring staff out of furlough right now.

There are some useful resources available if you are thinking of doing the same, including these excellent template latters from ACAS.

UPDATED GUIDANCE FROM CONSTRUCTION LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

The Construction Leadership Council has published version four of its site operating procedures to bring them in line with the latest government advice for working safely during coronavirus in construction and other outdoor industries.

The changes are minimal and include:

  • Removal of the requirement for face to face contact to be kept to 15 minutes or less: "Workers should work side-by-side, or facing away from each other, rather than face-to-face."
  • The section on PPE now links to the latest Government guidance on face coverings, which don't necessarily mean face masks but can be very simple and may be worn in enclosed spaces where social distancing isn’t possible.
  • References to one-way systems and the reconfiguration of seating and tables and an update on portable toilets.
  • The requirement to share risk assessments with the workforce.
  • Clarification on when to travel to work, as set out in the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy.
  • Updated links and wording on social distancing.

Read the updated Site Operating Procedures here.