Furlough leave: an essential guide for employers (as at 24 March 2020)

Furlough leave: an essential guide for employers (as at 24 March 2020)

Furlough Leave: an essential guide for employers

On Friday, 20 March 2020, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced that the government was taking the unprecedented step of helping to pay people’s wages through a new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the “CJR Scheme”).  The CJR Scheme will enable all UK employers to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis.

Limited details of the CJR Scheme are set out in the new government guidance published the same day for businesses and for employees (COVID-19: support for businesses and Covid-19: guidance for employees) (the “Guidance”).  We set out in this briefing note what we know so far and provide some guidance on some key outstanding questions.

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