Employment law updates – Coronavirus
Employment law updates: Coronavirus
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) updates
Employment law updates – Coronavirus Redundancy payments:
- The government announced on 30 July that workers who were furloughed will be entitled to a statutory redundancy payment based on their pre-furlough salary and not the reduced furlough salary. This was implemented by the Employment Rights Act 1996 (Coronavirus, Calculation of a Week’s Pay) Regulations 2020 which came into force on the 31st July.
- Employees with more than 2 years of continuous service who have been made redundant are entitled to a redundancy payment up to a statutory maximum (which remains the same). This is based on age, length of service and salary.
- The changes will also apply to Statutory Notice Pay and awards for unfair dismissal.
- Employers have been able to bring furloughed workers back to the office for any amount of time and for any kind of shift pattern since 1 July while still being able to claim the CJRS grant.
- From 1 August the Government has advised that employers and employees should be able to exercise discretion as to whether they can work safely from the office.
- The furlough scheme will end on 31 October 2020.