The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme & forgotten employees

The government announced a number of measures to support employers during the uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus pandemic and reduce job losses.

One of these measures was the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which has resulted in a fair amount 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 28th February 2020.

The average number of times someone changes jobs in their working life is 12. Many employees are subject to notice periods of between one to three months, meaning that there would have been a significant number of people who would have handed in their notice, ready to start a new role, prior to the outbreak of Coronavirus.

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 sector of the workforce.

The employment team at Verisona Law 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 or telephone 0239298 1000.


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Legally enforcing the tribunal award

To enforce the Tribunal award we applied to the Defendant’s local County Court for it to be registered and for permission to enforce the award.  

The Court granted the application and on the Register of Judgments, Orders and Fines.  As a result the Tribunal award would appear as a County Court Judgment which would likely affect the Defendant’s credit rating. 

Time limits for enforcing Tribunal awards

It is worth noting that there is no time restriction for registering or enforcing a Tribunal award. You can enforce one even if it is several years old.  In addition, it is usually possible to claim interest on the amount until you receive payment.

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