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On Friday 20 March, the Chancellor announced a package of “temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19” including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the Scheme).
Details of the scheme were published on 26 March 2020 and we consider its scope and application in detail in our COVID-19 FAQs. We have also produced a template letter, for employers to use when seeking to put employees on furlough leave under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. This letter is based on the official guidance available as at 27 March 2020 but we may update it again if the Government publishes additional guidance on the operation of the Scheme.
Work Authorisation Letter
In addition, we are aware that staff at some member companies have been stopped on the way to work by police asking if their journey is necessary. To cover this eventuality, we have prepared a template Work Authorisation Letter that could be issued to employees to show to law enforcement agencies on their way to and from work, if questioned.