The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended for at least a month, as the government announces a second month-long national lockdown starting 5th November.
The PM explained that the proposed job retention scheme has been put on hold so that the furlough scheme can be extended, however for the next month, the government will provide support up to 80% of the employee’s salary up to £2,500 with the employer responsible for NI and pension contributions.
In addition, businesses will have the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work on a part-time basis or furlough them full-time.
Whilst the full details of the lockdown have not been made public, and won’t be until Parliament sits on Wednesday, the Prime Minister was clear in stating that construction, engineering, and manufacturing can and must continue, albeit under Covid-secure conditions.
He went on to say that supermarkets and hardware stores are allowed to stay open, but that non-essential stores must close, as must the hospitality industry, except for takeaways.
This is our understanding so far, and more details will follow in the days and weeks to come. Be sure we will keep you informed and update when we know more.
In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding the extended furlough scheme, making your site Covid-secure or if you need advice on employment matters, give us a call on 03456 122144 and we’ll be happy to help.