Rishi Sunak allow legitimate new starters access to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Rishi Sunak allow legitimate new starters access to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

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Rishi Sunak allow legitimate new starters access to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

You have the power to help small businesses and new starters in these difficult times. 

Did you know that employees who started with a company after 28th February 2020 are not able to become ‘Furloughed Workers’ and therefore companies cannot claim the 80% (capped at £2,500) grant for them?

Please sign this petition to support the extension of the grant to all employees, regardless of when they started their employment. You will be helping new starters avoid an undetermined period of uncertainty with No Pay. 

The government have said that they have put this restriction in to limit fraud, which, on one hand makes sense, but why penalise the legitimate new starters at the hands of unscrupulous employers?

Many companies work hard to recruit new talent, especially as we all believe there is a “war for talent”.  It is not fair to let all that hard work go to waste and for the employee to face uncertainty.

Big companies may not be impacted by this, as you may have the financial resources to offer to pay, even though you cannot claim the grant.  So it will be the small companies who cannot afford to loose out who will.

So I am calling on Rishi Sunk allow legitimate new starters access to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.