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UK furlough scheme extended by four months

The UK scheme to pay wages of workers on leave because of coronavirus will be extended to October, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said. Mr Sunak confirmed that employees will continue to receive 80% of their monthly wages up to £2,500. But he said the government will ask companies to "start sharing" the cost of the scheme from August. Over a quarter of all workers, some 7.5 million people in total, are now covered by the scheme. The chancellor said that from August, the scheme would continue for all sectors and regions of the country but with greater flexibility to support the transition back to work, he said. Employers currently using the scheme will then be able to bring furloughed employees back part-time.
Category: Employment Keyword(s): Furlough; Coronavirus. Area(s) of law: Employment; Public Sector; Corporate and Commercial Law.
Source: BBC News.

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