Back to business – with safety in mind
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The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has so far helped protect more than 9.3 million jobs through the pandemic, with employers claiming more than £25.5 billion to support wages.
The scheme will remain open until the end of October and will continue to support jobs and business in a measured way as people return to work, our economy reopens and the country moves to the next stage of its recovery.
However, from the beginning of July, businesses can start to bring furloughed employees back to work on a part time basis. Companies are given the flexibility to decide the hours and shift patterns of their employees – with the government continuing to pay 80% of salaries for the hours they do not work.
This means the start to back to business for many.
The government has published helpful guidance for employers to get business back up and running and workplaces operating safely. It also contains information on how to return safely and what you need to do in the ‘new normal’ workplace such as cleaning routines, distancing measures, risk assessments and more.
You can find the guidance here