Niki Southern, Partner in our Employment Law team, was quoted in HR Magazine on 31 July 2020. Niki commented on new legislation protecting the entitlement to full redundancy pay for furloughed employees. Niki is supportive of the move but concerned about the risk, citing the risk of firms making redundancies earlier than planned and unfairness to those already made redundant who are not eligible for full redundancy pay.
Richard Fox, Partner in our Employment Law team, was quoted in Personnel Today, HR Review and Accountancy Daily on 30 July 2020. Richard was commenting on new government legislation guaranteeing that furloughed employees are entitled to full redundancy pay in the event that they are made redundant after 31 July.
Richard Fox, Partner in our Employment Law team, was quoted in The Daily Telegraph on 28 July 2020. Richard was commenting on the news that the re-introduction of a 14-day quarantine period for arrivals from Spain could cause disputes between employers and affected employees over pay and leave. Richard highlights the gap in protection for employees and the negative impact on employers who cannot prevent employees from ignoring travel advice.
Furlough has undoubtedly been a huge success. According to the British Chamber of Commerce, since March the scheme has been used by two thirds of British businesses supporting approximately 9.4 million jobs. Yet at a cost approaching an eye-watering £30 billion to the taxpayer, it is understandable that the Government has confirmed it is now “using every tool and piece of intelligence to prevent, detect and disrupt fraud” in relation to the scheme.
Kirsty Churm, Senior Associate in our Employment Law team, was quoted in Personnel Today on 21 July 2020. Kirsty was commenting on the news that several large retailers have announced plans to pay back the furlough money they previously claimed from the Government during the height of the COVID-19 crisis. Kirsty suggests that there may be more to these decisions than civic duty or good publicity.
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