News / Covid-19: Retail Sector
23-03-2020 / Hospitality & Leisure
1) Can we use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in order to temporarily close some stores?
Almost certainly yes. The scheme is expressly stated to benefit employees “who would otherwise have been laid off”. In employment law terms, a lay off is a temporary suspension of all work. The scheme describes recipients of this benefit as ‘furloughed workers’. Furlough is a word, hitherto largely fallen into disuse in the UK, but still commonly used in the United States, that means leave of absence.