The Government have provided further updates on Furlough claims, food manufacturers and the destruction of spoilt alcohol:
- The government has updated the guidance around claiming for the Furlough (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme) including:
- You can now submit claims for periods starting on or after 1 July.
- As from today employers can bring furloughed employees back to work for any amount of time and any work pattern, while still being able to claim the grant for the hours not worked (flexible furlough).
- Agreed flexible furlough agreements can last any amount of time, and employees can enter into a flexible furlough agreement more than once.
- If an employee is flexibly furloughed then any hours taken as holiday during the claim period should be counted as furloughed hours rather than working hours.
- Please follow this link to find out what to do if you have overclaimed on the Furlough (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme) scheme:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pay-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme-grants-back
- The Government has issued updated guidance for all workplaces involved in the manufacturing, processing, warehousing, picking, packaging and retailing of food. This also includes important information about the risk of community dissemination of coronavirus (COVID-19) from circumstances or activities related to the workplace such as transportation and accommodation arrangements. The guidance is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-food-businesses/guidance-for-food-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19
- HMRC has introduced a temporary measure to help in the destruction of spoilt beer, cider, wine or made-wine during coronavirus: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/destroying-spoilt-beer-during-coronavirus-covid-19