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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme update – ‘flexible’ furloughing and reducing government contributions

On 12 June the Government issued new guidance on the forthcoming changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which will introduce a ‘flexible’ furlough scheme and reducing government...
Katherine Anderson
Katherine Anderson
3PB Barristers
Posted on: 16.06.20
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Unemployment figures are a sign of things to come once furlough scheme ends

When we heard today that the unemployment rate was just 3.9%, we would be deluding ourselves if we believed this seemed to be a realistic figure. The politicians may point to it, but I am afraid this...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 16.06.20
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Sunak reveals future of furlough scheme

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has given business some much needed breathing space with his phased ending of the furlough scheme which has been paying the wages of something like 8.4 million employees...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 29.05.20
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Business West responds to changes to Job Retention Scheme and support for the self-employed

ps-brexit.png Commenting on the Chancellor’s announcement today (29th May) on additional changes that will be made to the Job Retention Scheme from July onwards, Business West Managing Director Phil...
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Business West
Posted on: 29.05.20
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Small firms fret over future of furlough scheme

The harsh reality of business surviving the coronavirus will be made clear this week when the Chancellor is expected to announce that companies must start paying a quarter of the wages of furloughed...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 27.05.20
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Business needs to be empowered to help avert looming unemployment crisis

The unemployment rate has never been higher since records began 50 years ago and is a reminder of the dark days of the jobs crisis during the John Major government back in 1996.
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 19.05.20
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Sunak hands firms a lifeline with furlough scheme extension

Chancellor Rishi Sunak gave many firms here in the South West another lifeline to survival today when he announced an extension of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. He extended the...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 12.05.20
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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is hugely successful but how will it end?

One of the government’s boldest and most effective interventions during the coronavirus has been the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (‘furlough’ scheme). It is also, undoubtedly, one of the most...
Matt Griffith
Matt Griffith
Business West
Posted on: 12.05.20
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Homeworking - What Are the Key Considerations for Employers during Covid-19?
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Significant numbers of employees are now working from home and there is no clear indication from the Government as to when social distancing measures may start to be relaxed and when there may be a...
Gareth Edwards
Gareth Edwards
VWV
Posted on: 27.04.20
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