Bianca Venkata considers the potential for litigation arising out of job support schemes
This article discusses covid-19 support schemes, litigation challenges and the impact on employment law, with a key focus on the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) and its successors – the job support scheme (JSS), open JSS and closed JSS.
The CJRS was eligible to employees paid through PAYE and had received a payment on or before 1 March 2020.
Under the scheme, employers placed employees on a leave of absence (furlough).
Furloughed employees were not permitted to work and the government paid 80 per cent of their wages, up to a maximum of £2,500 a month.
Each period of furlough lasted a minimum of three weeks.
Employees dismissed between 29 February and 18 March 2...