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Preparing for the end of Furlough: The steps HR teams need to take

By COVID-19, Finance, HR News, Natural HR, Payroll

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, better known to us as the furlough scheme, was announced at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 and was introduced to protect UK workers when they had to stop working and minimise the threat of mass redundancies due to the global pandemic. Now, after over a year of supporting the UK economy and saving an estimated 11.6 million jobs at the cost of £66bn, the scheme will officially be retired from September 30th 2021, 4 weeks from today. With that in mind, Natural HR has put together this article on preparing your…

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Extended furlough in 2021: what does it mean for employers?

By COVID-19, Health and Wellbeing, HR News

As the UK enters the second week of 2021, all four nations are currently in some form of lockdown. The Scottish mainland is in a similar lockdown to England with leaving home banned for all but essential reasons. Similarly, Wales entered a national lockdown on 20th December and Northern Ireland entered a six-week lockdown on Boxing Day. While this is not the start to a new year that many of us hoped for, the surge in new cases and the discovery of a mutated strain of the coronavirus meant that swift and decisive action was required to protect the NHS…

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Extended furlough scheme: what it means for employers

By COVID-19, HR News, News

Boris Johnson took to the lectern inside number 10 on Saturday evening to announce further restrictions amid surging coronavirus cases across the country. As expected, in what is effectively a second national lockdown in England, the Prime Minister announced the closure of non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues as well as pubs, bars, and restaurants from the 5th November. Working from home, where possible is now actively encouraged and, for those businesses that do experience a significant drop in demand or have to close entirely, the furlough scheme has been extended. The restrictions that come into force later this week…

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What is furlough and how does it work? A guide for employers

By Employee Management, Statutory Sick Pay

A word that very rarely graced our daily office chatter before March 2020, but the concept of ‘furlough’ is now one that is very present in the minds of the UK’s workforce. Announced by the Chancellor as part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which includes furlough, was designed to minimise the threat of mass redundancies across the country and adversely affecting economic performance as business slows or comes to a grinding halt altogether. We’ve been navigating these waters for some time now and have updated the questions regularly asked with the latest…

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