Furlough Extension

Posted in : Supplementary Articles NI on 5 November 2020
Employment Team at Lewis Silkin
Lewis Silkin
Issues covered: Coronavirus/COVID-19; Furlough; Job Support Scheme; Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Just when everyone was getting to grips with the new Job Support Scheme (JSS), the Government extends the existing Furlough scheme. The extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) announced on 31 October 2020 is U.K. wide and so covers eligible employers and employees in Northern Ireland. 

Joanne Lightburn of Jones Cassidy Brett has provided a summary of the key points on the scheme and offers practical advice, such as: 

If you have already placed your employees on a JSS Agreement but you now wish to use the extended CJRS, we recommend that you contact the affected employees and ask them to agree to be furloughed until December instead.

A simple email/letter asking the affected employees to remain on furlough until December 2020 on the existing pay and hours under their previous furlough or flexible furlough agreement, and asking the employee to confirm by return email receipt and agreement, should cover the situation until further guidance is available.

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