October Furlough Changes & Managing Workplace Outbreaks

Dylan Loughlin

The Final Month Of Furlough

As we are approaching October, it is important to be aware that the parameters of the Coronavirus Job Retention /Furlough Scheme will change again.

From October 1st, the UK Government will pay 60% of wages up to a cap of £1,875 for the hours the employee is on furlough. Employers will be expected to pay ER NI Contributions and Pension Contributions as well as top up employees’ wages to ensure they receive at least 80% of their wages up to a cap of £2,500.

This is due to remain the case until October 31st at which point, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is currently scheduled to end.

At this point, it is likely that some employers may feel like they need to look at their staffing and organizational structures. Please feel free to contact us for advice at this point.

Managing Outbreaks of Covid-19 In the Workplace

As cases once again continue to rise across the UK & Ireland, it is vitally important that you have a plan in place in the event that a staff members presents with symptoms of Covid-19 during work, or tests positive for the virus following being in work.

Your vigilance and ability to act quickly in this scenario may be the difference between one employee and your entire workforce getting infected and forcing closure.

Please see this useful quick guide from the Public Health Agency below. If you require assistance putting together a more thorough procedure, our Health & Safety Consultant Lisa is on hand to assist. You can contact Lisa using our online enquiry form at any point.