Need some advice on furlough?

Women in Property News

Monday April 20, 2020

With many of our members being furloughed, we want to remind those of you in this position that your fellow members and your branch committee are a great source of mutual strength, so keep in touch with them.  As a network, we are here to support each other.  

To help give you an understanding of ‘the basics’, we have drawn together some of the main furlough facts, as well as links to organisations who have given us permission to pass on their more detailed documents on this issue.  You will also find links to upcoming webinars if you’d like to hear more.

Furloughing is a very new development in a time of great uncertainty for all of us. It is natural to be worried about the future – either as an employer or an employee. What is particularly important to the property industry is that firms are able to get going again when restrictions are lifted. It is vital that furloughed staff are able to easily start work again.

The bond between the firm and the employee is very important and firms need to actively maintain the connection and support their employees through social interaction, team discussions and concern for their well-being. Part of that is also to ensure that both firms and employees feel fairly treated and the relevant employment law process needs to be observed. Employees need to buy in to what is happening to them.  As well as treating the furloughed employees fairly, there are also issues of equity as between the treatment of furloughed and non-furloughed employees.

For those that have been furloughed, a question is how they should use their time. Higher unemployment and a tougher jobs market look inevitable at the end of this. How can employees improve their value and marketability to employers? Furloughed employees should consider what training is appropriate for them to undertake – in the widest possible sense.

Download the Guidance note here.

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