Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - What happens in November?
- Date: Tuesday 25th August 2020
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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is due to end on 31st October 2020 so we recommend employers plan now for the future ahead. Considering many organisations still rely on furlough pay to keep staff employed, once these payments cease, we may find ourselves having to make some difficult decisions.
Has income picked up enough to re-engage all currently furloughed individuals?
If the answer to this is ‘no’, give your staff the ‘heads-up’ now, in order to give them ample opportunity to find employment elsewhere. Don’t forget to follow your redundancy processes. You can go through redundancies now and give notice for the end of October. That way, employees know where they stand, without losing out on furlough pay.
Has my structure or focus changed?
You may have cut or changed your service provision, which may also mean a need to change job titles and job description. This could also be an opportunity to discuss home working, part-time working or flexible contracts. Any significant changes must be agreed by the employee so start consulting now, before you are back to normal.
Has training lapsed or do my employees needs additional qualifications?
You may want to decide to send your team on training now, while you can pull them off furlough flexibly. You only pay for the hours they spend on training and the usual employer contributions on the rest.
Is care still an issue?
Employees with carer responsibilities may not be in a position to call on the support they used to receive. Once furlough ends, the only option is to find alternative care or make changes to their working pattern. You have a duty to seriously consider any flexible working requests for individuals with carer responsibilities. Starting the conversation early and informally gives all parties the opportunity to agree a plan in advance.
Source: Manuela Grossmann