Furlough scheme deadline
The Government’s furlough scheme, the Job Retention Scheme, will close to new entrants on Wednesday 10 June.
If firm’s are considering taking advantage of the scheme in the future, including the new arrangements for part-time furloughing, relevant employees must be entered into the scheme by that deadline.
We have updated our guidance on the furlough scheme, published new FAQs on the scheme including some scenarios which firms may find themselves in.
> Read our latest guidance for law firms on the Job Retention Scheme
> Find the latest government guidance on the Job Retention Scheme
New webinar on furloughing will be available later this week
New return to the office toolkit
As the government begin to lift restrictions and solicitors slowly return to the office in the coming weeks, it is vitally important that firms are prepared and have taken all the necessary steps to ensure their safety.
We have published a return to the office toolkit, focused on providing practical steps that members can take in line with government guidance. It includes:
- Template COVID 19 Risk Assessment for law firms
- Downloadable posters to display in the firms (including the option for small firms to order printed and laminated copies from us)
- Staffing decisions flowchart
It is incredibly important that firms begin to consult with staff and complete the necessary risk assessments to ensure that everything is in place when they are able to return to the office.