As the Coronavirus outbreak takes its toll on the workplace, British employers planned more than 300,000 redundancies in June and July as reported by BBC News. A huge 1,784 firms made plans to cut approximately 150,000 jobs in July, and 1,888 planned 156,000 cuts in June. Worryingly, this may only be the tip of the iceberg, as many smaller businesses are not included in these figures.
Most people will have experienced a significant change to both their work and personal life as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. While some normality seems to be resuming, it is clear from the local lockdown measures and additions to the ‘travel quarantine list’ that regular changes to regulations are to be expected for quite a while.
Following the introduction of furlough leave to the UK in March, the Government has now introduced more flexibility to the scheme - allowing employees on furlough leave to be brought back into work part-time from July 1st.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, it is very unlikely that the average employee in the UK would have known what ‘being furloughed’ meant. ‘Furlough’ itself was predominantly an American term, until the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme introduced the concept of ‘furlough leave’ to the United Kingdom.
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The government announced a number of measures to support employers during the uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus pandemic and reduce job losses.
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