How to avoid fines, penalties and legal action as furlough ends.

As you plan and make changes to your business are you clear about your responsibilities as an employer? Do you know what rights your employees have?

As the end of furlough looms on the horizon thousands of us will be planning and considering the future of our business and team. Redundancy, restructuring, changes in contracts, changes in how and where we work mean that as an employer we have to be clear about what responsibilities are. It is not simply a case as some believe, that you can just make the changes in your business as and when you wish.

One report stated that 40% of mid-sized companies experienced fines, penalties, and even legal action because they breached legislation (ADP Research Institute).

If you are making significant changes in your business you increase your risk of breaching employment law. We are already seeing many employers finding themselves in trouble over what they thought was a very simple process. Very quickly a situation can go wrong due to the many grey areas and lack of rule book we currently have due to the unprecedented situation we find ourselves in.

Watch myself and Marianne McJannett employment lawyer at TC Young where we discuss your responsibilities as an employer, the rights your employees have and how to avoid the most common mistakes employers make that can lead to fines, penalties and legal action.


With guidance changing so frequently, we are doing our best to keep you up to date. The information provided in the recording above is our understanding at this point in time (22nd September 2020), however, as more and different advice becomes available this position may change, and we will update accordingly. This is an evolving and unfolding situation, and we take the view that various measures may need to be applied for different sets of circumstances at an appropriate time. We as a team are available to discuss with you what measures are available to you.

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