Coronavirus update: Job retention scheme

BOSS is providing updates on the job retention scheme for its members via their website 

BOSS is encouraging all of its members to read the full content of the updated document. It emphasises that the detail of the scheme is yet to be published and its views will need to be revisited once the precise terms of the scheme and any accompanying legislation become known as this unprecedented national crisis evolves.
A new Q&A document has been uploaded on the website
BOSS will continue to seek clarification where there is remaining ambiguity, and BOSS has already fed back some concerns – notably over the three week ‘minimum furlough period’.
In the meantime, what we know is:

  • Employees must have been on your payroll on 28 February 2020.
  • Employees can be on any type of contract including;
  1. Full-time employees.
  2. Part-time employees.
  3. Employees on agency contracts.
  4. Employees on flexible or zero-hour contracts.
  • Furloughed employees cannot undertake any work on behalf of your organisation.
  • Equality and discrimination laws apply in the usual way.
  • Employees on sick leave or self-isolating can be furloughed after they recover.
  • Employees who have been identified as vulnerable and subject to ‘shielding’ for 12 weeks can be furloughed.
  • Employees can be furloughed more than once, with a minimum of three weeks and a maximum of three months.
  • Claims can be backdated to 1 March 2020.

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