Staffing issues: Reduce hours, un-furlough or redundancy?


Article by A4G Accountants in West Kingsdown

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak was asked a really tough question last week. The interviewer said “Isn’t it the case that many people who have been furloughed have effectively lost their jobs?”. I think we all know that the answer to that is yes.

Because whilst we still wait with bated breath for the details of the extension to the Job Retention Scheme to be announced, with the slight easing of the lockdown most businesses are starting to consider their staffing requirements going forward.

As a result, we have been answering lots of questions this week about staffing decisions. To un-furlough, make redundant, reduce hours or bring back? Some big decisions affecting the lives of people you see as often as some members of your family are going have to be made soon.

We also have been trying to navigate through employment rules with options for bringing staff back to the business from furlough. And sadly we have also had to help businesses who need to start making redundancies or decide that they cannot afford to return to business at all.

To try and cover as many aspects of this as possible have two guides for you now available on our Coronavirus Hub:

•             Back to Business: Bringing staff out of furlough – This provides some ideas for what to consider in preparing to get your workforce back.

•             Coming out of Furlough: Redundancies – A summary of the rules, requirements and grey areas to consider if you are thinking of making redundancies.

We’re an accountancy practice based in Kent dedicated to providing owner-managed businesses not only the peace of mind of complying with Companies House and HMRC, but the proactive advice, support and planning they need to make their business grow and succeed.



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