Employers want more flexibility built into the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – including an extension until at least September and the ability for employees to work reduced hours.
This is according to a YouGov survey of 1,178 senior HR decision makers commissioned by the CIPD, which found 76% of employers that have furloughed staff and 78% that plan to furlough staff think allowing staff to work reduced hours under the scheme would be useful.
Seven in 10 using or considering using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) say that up to half of staff on furlough could potentially work reduced hours, while 16% say more than half would be able to take on some work.
Six in 10 say extending the scheme by three months – to at least the end of September – would be the most important labour market change that would help organisations deal with the impact of Covid-19.
Any employers wanting to make 100 or more staff redundant after furlough is scheduled to end on 30 June, would have to commence a 45-day consultation by 17 May.
CIPD chief executive Peter Cheese said letting furloughed workers return to work gradually would help organisations rebuild their businesses, while extending the scheme into the autumn would ensure there’s no “cliff edge” exit from furlough straight into redundancy at the end of June.
Original article ‘Reduced hours for furloughed staff would aid recovery’ Written by on 29 Apr 2020 in Furlough, Coronavirus, Latest News, Part time working and Published by Personnel Today
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