The forgotten employees of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The government announced a number of measures to support the public during this time of uncertainty.

One of the measures introduced was the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which has resulted in a number of questions regarding eligibility and monitoring.

The Government has stated that only employees who were on their employer’s PAYE payroll on 19th March 2020 will be eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme,. This has been bought forward from the initial date 28th February 2020. The scheme offers funding for employers who retain staff during this crisis, paying 80% of wages up to the value of £2,500 a month.

On average people change their jobs every 3 to 4 years, and many employees are subject to notice periods of between one to three months. Therefore, there was a significant number of people who handed in their notice, ready to start a new role, prior to the outbreak of Coronavirus, only to find that job was not available anymore.

Many individuals would have been looking forward to commencing their new jobs only to find out their new employer is unable to continue to employ them as the business in now temporarily closed and/or is suffering financial difficulty as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In these circumstances where the government has vowed to stand by those affected by the crisis and retain as many jobs as possible, urgent attention should be given to this significant group of the workforce.

The employment team at Donnelly & Elliott are available throughout this crisis. If you have any questions regarding furlough leave or any other aspect of employment law, please do not hesitate to get in touch on enqs@donnelly-elliott.co.uk or telephone 02392 50 55 00.