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    Eight per cent of workers remain on furlough

    Shutterstock Almost than one in 12 workers at firms that have not stopped trading remained on full or partial furlough just days before the scheme comes to an end, official figures have revealed. The Office for National Statistics’ latest data release on the impact coronavirus has had on the economy and society shows that 8% […] More

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    Protecting your workforce: Job Support Scheme and other measures (webinar)

    Shutterstock The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic’s second wave is forcing many employers to urgently review their business models and look at what steps they can take to protect their workforce. Understanding and implementing the Government’s measures and other available options remains a key priority for many in HR. In XpertHR’s 60-minute webinar at 2:00pm GMT on […] More

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    Young people and ethnic minorities most likely to be laid off after furlough

    Pic: Shutterstock Young people and ethnic minorities were most likely to be made unemployed after coming off furlough, according to a report by the Resolution Foundation. The think tank’s survey of around 6,000 workers found that 19% of 18- to 24-year-olds who were furloughed during lockdown were unemployed in September. Twenty-two percent of black, Asian […] More

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    Ebb and furlough: the Job Support Scheme explained

    JSS Open or Closed – what tier are you in? Image: Shutterstock We look at the back-and-forth nature of the government’s economic funding to help businesses affected by the pandemic and examine some of the fine print of the UK’s revised Job Support Scheme announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer yesterday. Rishi Sunak has […] More

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    RSA: UK should adopt France’s partial activity scheme

    Montmartre, ParisShutterstock Future state support for industries threatened by coronavirus needs to be better targeted and take into account the additional risk to jobs from automation, which is being introduced faster in several sectors in response to the pandemic. A new report from thinktank RSA (Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) looking at the […] More

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    Job Support Scheme vs Germany’s Kurzarbeit

    Steidi / Shutterstock In the run-up to Rishi Sunak’s announcement of the Job Support Scheme, speculation was rife that the UK was looking to mirror Germany’s policy of short-time working. Dr Sybille Steiner, dual qualified in UK and German law, examines both interventions and finds the two have little in common. Most European states have […] More