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Immigration changes – The impact on rural businesses

Fraser Vandal discusses changes to the UK's work visa rules and how these changes will impact rural businesses.

Long awaited Housing Bill introduced to Scottish Parliament

The long- awaited Housing (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 26 March 2024.

Land Reform (Scotland) Bill introduced March 2024

An overview of the content in Part 1 & 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill introduced to Parliament on 13 March 2024.

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13 May 2024 | Time to read: 5 mins

Immigration changes – The impact on rural businesses

By Fraser Vandal

Fraser Vandal discusses changes to the UK's work visa rules and how these changes will impact rural businesses.

13 May 2024 | Time to read: 5 mins

Long awaited Housing Bill introduced to Scottish Parliament

By Stephen Gamba

The long- awaited Housing (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 26 March 2024.

05 April 2024 | Time to read: 3 mins

Land Reform (Scotland) Bill introduced March 2024

By Robert Scott-Dempster

An overview of the content in Part 1 & 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill introduced to Parliament on 13 March 2024.

05 April 2024 | Time to read: 3 mins

Gillespie Macandrew announced as Great Glen 2024 sponsor

By Lois Newton

Gillespie Macandrew is delighted to announce its sponsorship of the RSABI Great Glen Challenge 2024.

The End of Furlough?

Published: 16 August 2021
Time to read: 2 mins

The CJRS, or Furlough Scheme, is currently due to end on 30 September 2021.  In efforts to encourage a return to work the UK Government has introduced a winding down period for the Furlough Scheme starting in July.

During this time, furloughed employees will continue to be eligible to be paid up to 80% of their usual pay for hours not worked (up to a maximum of £2,500 per month).  In July the level of Government contribution reduced to 70%.  From 1 August to 30 September the level of Government contribution will reduce again to 60%, with the employer having to pay 20%.

With the level of UK Government support tapering down, some businesses may need to consider whether they are able to independently support employees in their return to work.  If trading conditions have not improved sufficiently, some business may need to take steps to reduce their costs as the Furlough Scheme tapers down.  Various cost saving options may be considered including temporary amendments to contracts through agreement (such as reducing hours), redundancies (compulsory or voluntary) or temporary lay-off (where contracts allow).

Notice pay and/or redundancy payments cannot be claimed back by an employer under the Furlough Scheme.

Intimation of furlough arrangements coming to an end and the proposed return to work should be communicated in writing with employees invited to discuss any questions or concerns that they may have. If the return to work is to involve a return to the workplace the letter should advise what steps have been taken in terms of risk assessment and health and safety measures.  Please get in touch with our employment team if you require more detailed advice on bringing employees back from furlough.

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