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    Important updates on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

    Important updates on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

    Well, lockdown continues and the position regarding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme keeps evolving.

    The latest news to share with you includes:

    1. HMRC should be accepting applications for reimbursement of furlough payments by 20 April 2020. The first payments should start flowing through from 30 April 2020. Exact details yet to be confirmed on how this will happen but as and when we hear, we'll let you know.
    2. HMRC has tweeted that holiday CAN be taken during furlough leave, without invalidating the right to reimbursement of salary. However, full salary will have to be paid by the employer for any period of holiday. If cashflow issues prevent you from doing that, remember that employers usually have the right to refuse holiday requests. If you get into difficulties, give us a call.
    3. We've seen some enquiries about TUPE and whether employees who you inherited after 28 February and therefore weren't on your payroll at that crucial date are able to be furloughed. We understand that they CAN be furloughed but this isn't in the official guidance as yet.

    We're also continually updating our FAQs with some of the queries we have been receiving and to take account of the latest advice. You can access the FAQs here.

    In addition, keep an eye on the government website, accessible here. The information there has also been updated as of 4 April 2020.

    If it transpires anything you have done is not in compliance with the latest rules and guidance, don't panic but give a member of our Employment Law Team a call and I am sure we can help. The sooner we put it right, the better!

    Take care and stay safe all.

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