- Huw Hughes
The UK government introduced a new law Thursday to ensure furloughed
workers who lose their jobs will receive statutory redundancy pay based on
their regular wages, rather than a reduced furlough rate.
The changes will mean furloughed staff who are made redundant won’t be
“short-changed”, the government said.
Announced in March, The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme sees the
government pay up to 80 percent of the salaries of furloughed employees, up
to a maximum of 2,500 pounds a month. It is currently supporting over nine
million jobs across the UK.
In May, chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the scheme would be extended
from June until October but said from August firms would be asked
to “share with the government the cost of paying salaries”.
In July, the government announced that UK employers would receive a
one-off bonus of 1,000 pounds for each furloughed employee that returns to
work under The Jobs Retention Bonus.
“We urge employers to do everything they can to avoid making
redundancies, but where this is unavoidable it is important that employees
receive the payments they are rightly entitled to,” said business secretary
Alok Sharma in a statement.
“New laws coming into force today will ensure furloughed workers are not
short-changed if they are ever made redundant – providing some reassurance
for workers and their families during this challenging time.”
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