SURVIVE AND THRIVE: Keeping up with furlough

Heart of the City | 15 July 2020 | News
SURVIVE AND THRIVE: Keeping up with furlough

Following the government’s new guidance, this week’s Survive and Thrive webinar was our second in the series on the furlough scheme, which will end on 31 October 2020.

We were pleased to be joined again by employment lawyer Jenna Hunter, founder of Hunter Law. Jenna started the session looking at the upcoming changes to the furlough scheme, then discussed how to calculate staff pay, record hours worked and employers’ contributions. She shared advice on what to think about when your employees are returning from furlough, sickness, shielding and maternity leave and how to handle holiday requests, redundancies and notice pay.

Our top tips from the session

  • If an employee can’t return to work for the hours they used to, they should put in a flexible working application. If you don’t have a flexible working policy, you can use our sample policy. Our resource ‘how to make flexible working work’ will be helpful too.
  • If your business needs change and you need to furlough people, you can fully place employees on furlough if they’ve already been partly furloughed.
  • Keep in contact with your furloughed employees – and ask how they want you to keep in touch. There are lots of different ways to keep connected such as inviting them to social events, regular 1:1 check ins and making them part of the return to work process.
  • Ask returning employees to think about transport – how are they going to get to work? Consider the options you can offer, such as parking and a cycle to work scheme. You could also sign up to the Santander Business cycle-sharing account scheme.

Additional resources 

Jenna shared some helpful resources from the government and one of our ambassador companies Bates Wells:

Don’t miss the next Survive and Thrive sessions!

Join us for our next webinar in the series on 22 July where we’ll be talking inclusive flexible working with Emma Stewart MBE from Timewise Foundation. Members can sign up to our webinars here and you can join as an associate member here.

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