Businesses must act fast to keep staff motivated, but also to maximise the benefit of CJRS, particularly when considering making redundancies, which is a situation many of our colleagues in the hospitality sector, are currently facing. Helen Ash, director at Solutions 22, believes the recovery is likely to be slow, all the more reason to ensure businesses are on the right side of the furlough scheme and the HR law.
Helen Ash shares her insights on maximising the benefit from the furlough scheme and ensuring your staff return to work motivated and safe.
As we emerge from the crisis the furlough scheme is evolving to keep vital funds flowing, here are some of the changes and how to take full advantage of them.
This allows you to bring people back for part of the week, pay them in full and then furlough them for the remaining part of the week.
Remember processes and procedures vary depending on the number of positions you are considering making redundant.
If you’re making 20 or more positions redundant you need to be aware of the requirement to report redundancy plans through to the government. Failure to do so is a criminal offence therefore it is very important to get this right.
Consider the requirement to consult individually and collectively depending on numbers.
Key issues to look at:
Keeping employees motivated and committed while ensuring their mental well-being has never been more challenging for managers.
You can check Acas for very good basics (textbooks etc..), HMRC contains critical information on CJRS – Check both employer and employee advice. Finally, we suggest that you seek advice from a commercial HR entity or online lawyers whose advice could be useful.
Helen to conclude : “Businesses are under immense pressure and it is easy to give in to cutting corners, don’t fall into this trap it can have long term costs and consequences, take the professional help to get it right.”