Following hot on the heels of the last set of Coronavirus Guidance updates, we now have two further updates. Both the Employee Guidance Note “Check if your Employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme”, and the Employer Guidance Note, “Check if you can claim for your Employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme”, were updated on 23 April. As you would expect, the pace of change has slowed significantly, and there are only a limited number of changes of importance.

However, in relation to the two most vexed questions: (1) employee consent to furlough;  and (2) furloughing of sick employees, there are some further points to make. We will look solely at the Employer Guidance Note as the changes made to the Employee Guidance Note make no additional changes.

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— Humpty Dumpty

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