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‘Furlough fraud’ claims on the rise, says whistleblowing charity

More than a third of all coronavirus-related calls made to a whistleblowing advice line since the start of the outbreak were to report ‘furlough fraud’, a charity has revealed. According to whistleblowing charity Protect, 36 per cent of coronavirus-related calls taken by its advice line since the pandemic hit have involved claims of employers fraudulently taking advantage of the government’s coronavirus job retention scheme, for example by making staff continue to work despite being paid through the scheme, or by furloughing staff still working without their knowledge.

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Category: Employment Keyword(s): Coronavirus; Furlough; Fraud. Area(s) of law: Employment; Public Sector; Litigation; Crime.
Source: People Management.

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