Startups features Emma Gross on the end of the furlough scheme

Posted: 1 Oct 2021

Our Employment Partner Emma Gross has been featured in Startups, the UK’s leading online resource for anyone starting and growing a business.

The article considers how losing the biggest financial support program available during the pandemic will impact SMEs, with Emma discussing what this will mean for employers on the subject of holiday allowance.

Emma notes, “The question of what is reasonably practicable [for granting employees holidays] has been left intentionally open to wide interpretation. Workers who are on furlough are unlikely to need to carry forward statutory annual leave, as they will be able to take it during the furlough period. However, they must be paid the correct holiday pay for their salary, meaning an employer would have to top up their furlough grant. If, due to the impact of coronavirus, the employer can’t afford the difference, it is likely that this would make it not reasonably practicable for the worker to take their leave, enabling the worker to carry their annual leave forward.”

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