It is welcome news for employers, that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until this April, and the guidance has also been updated to include a number of new factors.

Irish News Legal Matters Article – written by Andrea McCann Partner

For most families, one of the most important updates is that an employee is eligible to be furloughed if they are unable to work due to increased caring responsibilities as a result of Covid-19.

This includes caring for children who are affected by school or childcare facility closures, as well as caring for vulnerable individuals in their household.

Different employment conditions may affect an employee’s eligibility for furlough. For example:

• Employees on a fixed term contact can have their existing contract renewed or extended. They can also be placed on furlough, provided that they were employed on or before October 30 2020, and the employer made an RTI submission between March 2 and that date;