Posted on: Mar 25,2020
The Government has introduced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough Scheme) to help people keep their jobs during the coronavirus outbreak. If your employer cannot cover staff costs due to COVID-19, they may be able to access support to continue paying part of your wage, to avoid redundancies.
If your employer intends to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, they will discuss becoming classified as a furloughed worker with you. This would mean that you are kept on your employer’s payroll, rather than being laid off. The scheme allows your employer to claim a grant of up to 80% of your wage for all employment costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.
You will remain employed while furloughed. Your employer could choose to fund the differences between this payment and your salary, but does not have to.
If your salary is reduced as a result of these changes, you may be eligible for support through the welfare system, including Universal Credit.
The Government intends the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to run for at least 3 months from 1 March 2020, but will extend if necessary.
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