The current coronavirus crisis is putting workers at risk, both financially and in terms of their health and wellbeing. We need to do all we can to protect ourselves in this crisis. Below we have set out the areas of employment law that we feel are most relevant. In doing so, we hope it will help workers to get organised enabling them to defend themselves and stay safe during the pandemic.
We should stress that, by themselves, employment laws offer little protection. Rather than relying on employment laws, we should use them as an aid to organising and as a means of putting pressure on management.
This information has been put together by workplace activists rather than lawyers. The aim is to promote workers’ organisation and self-defence in the current circumstances. In the meanwhile, SolFed remains active in our workplaces and supporting other struggles. We are available through our usual communication channels. Get in touch and let’s share experiences and resources. Defend yourself!
Workers Furloughed under the Job Retention Scheme
Last update: 17th of November
-The Job Retention Scheme has been reopened for new applicants.You can be furloughed if you were on the payroll for your employer before the 30th of October.
-Flexible Furlough: From the 1st of July, employers can bring furloughed workers back for any amount of time and any shift pattern. If your boss puts you on flexible furlough they should:
- Pay you for the hours worked at your normal rate and they can claim for the rest of the hours to the Job Retention Scheme.
- Flexible furlough needs to be agreed with you and written agreement should be made available.
- The flexible furlough agreement needs to be consistent with employment, equality and discrimination laws.
-Scheme renewed: Your employer now only must pay National Insurance and pension contributions out of furlough which amounts to approximately 5% of payment costs. Previous to the renewal they had to pay 20% of the 80% pay in October.
Last update: 2nd of July
General rights at work:
For further information:
Full rights at work guide elaborated by Manchester-SolFed
United Voices of the World guide on Section 44 and the COVID-19
Article for care workers elaborated by Brighton-SolFed
Article on the Personal Protection Equipment by Manchester-SolFed