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    The new Job Retention Rules: Lifeline or Too Little, Too Late?

    The new Job Retention Rules: Lifeline or Too Little, Too Late?

    So, today we hear that the Government has yielded to pressure by providing a successor system to the furlough scheme. Instead of paying for people not be at work, it will subsidise employees working at least a third of their normal hours (paid for by the employer) with the government topping up to two thirds of salary.

    It is unclear what the position is in respect of the balance of the pay the employee might be expecting, and the protection afforded to employers when faced with objection from employees. The details are to follow from the Government.

    Our initial view is that this might well prove too little, too late. From our experience, many businesses are already embarking on redundancy programmes in anticipation of the furlough scheme ending at the end of October. We suspect that in view of that planning, the take-up of the new scheme could be limited.

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