July 1st marks the start of the second stage of the Job Retention Scheme, kicking off with the introduction of ‘flexible furloughing’. What this means is that employees can be invited back to work for a determined number of hours being payed at 100% for hours worked whilst staying on furlough leave for the remainder of their contracted hours paid at 80%.
Sounds straight forward?
Well not necessarily as employers need to consider the following:
Staff wishing to stay on furlough leave
The scheme was introduced to help businesses who were severely affected by Covid-19 whilst also protecting jobs from being made redundant. Many staff on furlough leave have been able to enjoy this time away from the workplace as it has allowed them to:
However, now that employers are starting to bring back staff into the workplace some employees are reluctant to return. In our next post we will cover the reasons staff can request to remain on furlough leave and what to do about those who don’t wish to give up their ‘furloughcation’!
Speak to an HR expert
Human Resources issues are often complex and because they are so important it is vital that you receive the help of an HR professional when facing such matters. My name is Deb Barrow and I am delighted to be part of the Business Butler panel of experts.
As a fully qualified HR professional, I can provide advice and support regarding all aspects relating to the employment of staff, including more information about the Job Retention Scheme. To request your complimentary template letters for ‘Coming off furlough’ and ‘Taking up flexi-furlough’ please click here.
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