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Furlough must be extended to avoid mass redundancies, businesses warn

/ 15 April 2020

Wendy Harpur

BKL’s Wendy Harpur is mentioned in today’s Evening Standard, in an article about the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and London business leaders’ call for an “urgent” extension of the furlough safety net beyond the end of May to avoid a huge wave of permanent job losses in the summer.

Wendy Harpur, HR Director at north London accountancy firm BKL, said she was advising companies thinking of redundancy programmes to start consultation as early as possible so that they get the process right. The penalties for botching a redundancy process can be up to 90 days’ pay per person.

The article is available on The Evening Standard website here.

To find out more about how Wendy and our HR team can help you with employment matters – including furloughing, redundancy and alternatives to redundancy – please get in touch with us using our enquiry form.

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Wendy Harpur

Director of Human Resources

T +44 (0)20 8922 9086
E Wendy.Harpur@bkl.co.uk

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