The KBSA has asked the government for refinements to the furlough proposals, suggesting that staff should work a limited number of hours to keep on top of enquiries for new business.
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The association, which suggested that allowing staff to work will ensure businesses are ready to re-start when restrictions are lifted, has also launched a series of seminars from its partner, Croner, to help members deal with the emerging legislation from government.
Five webinars will take place starting on 02 April, and each are designed to help businesses adjust to the new way of working. They cover topics such as the essentials of homeworking, furlough and the Job Retention Scheme, along with basics of HR and health & safety.
‘We realise that these are unchartered waters and the government is doing all it can, firstly from a health and safety perspective, and also to protect jobs but we believe some fine tuning could make this scheme much more effective,’ says KBSA national chair, Richard Hibbert.
‘We have focused all of our resources on supporting our members during this difficult period. The speed at which new legislation is being announced is unprecedented and as is usually the case, the details are not always clear. We are issuing regular updates and working with Croner so that our members can stay up to date and access the new schemes as quickly as possible’ he added.