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.

CJRS

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...

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