A FINANCIAL expert called on people to stop “shaming” those who are having fun in a park or beach.
Martin Lewis, who heads Money Saving Expert, said that people should not be called to have fun when they participate in the government worker assistance program.
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In the past, people have turned to social media to speak out against those who seem to “get away with it” by spending time relaxing during the coronavirus epidemic.
However, Mr. Lewis said that he thought relaxing was “the right thing to do” with their free time and that people should not be ashamed of having fun.
He described this as a “dangerous trend” that needed to be stopped, adding that it was up to employers to choose who was on leave and that program staff were not allowed to do work during this period.
He told BBC Five Live: “I’ve heard people and read on social media … people saying things like” people flout the vacation plan by being in the parks or at the beach or treating it like holidays.
“I just want to make everyone understand something from this perspective.
“It is an employer who decides whether people are put on leave or not. And until July 1, part of the leave means that you are not allowed to work while on leave. ”
He added, “If people say that people who go to parks or beaches or treat them as vacations are flouting the program, it seems to imply that people should be sitting at home cocooning themselves in misery during their leave.
Sitting in a park, reading a book, taking time off is not flouting the leave plan, it’s actually the leave plan rules that say you can’t work
“I would say differently … it is not flouting the leave plan to sit in a park, to read a book, to take a leave, it is in fact the definition of the rules of the leave plan which says that you do not can’t work. ”
The Treasury announced today that new parents may have more time to apply for the leave plan.
The program was extended until October with the introduction of additional employer contributions.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said, “When I announced these changes to the leave program last month, I was clear that we wanted to do it in a fair way, which helps people get back to work as the country begins to reopen after the coronavirus.
“But for parents returning from leave, their situation means that they still need support, and I am happy that they can receive the financial assistance they and their families will need. “
What is leave?
The goal of the government’s job retention program is to prevent one million workers from losing their jobs due to the closure.
Under this program, the government will pay 80% – up to £ 2,500 per month – of the salary of an employee who cannot work due to the impact of the coronavirus.
Workers will be kept on the payroll rather than being laid off.
The government will pay employers’ national insurance premiums for associated employers and additional retirement contributions for self-enrolled employers.
The program has been extended until the end of September (although companies will be invited to participate from August) and may be backdated to March 1, 2020.
It is available to all employees who have started a PAYE payroll system by March 1, 2020.
If you are between two jobs, have started in a new workplace or have been laid off after this date, you can ask your former employer to re-hire you to be eligible for the program.
Employers can choose to raise the wages of workers on leave by the remaining 20 percent, but they do not have to.
Companies wishing to access the program will need to speak to their employees before putting them on leave.
During their leave, staff must not undertake any work for their employer during the program.
So far, the leave scheme has cost the taxpayer 90 billion pounds in less than three months.
According to new figures from the Treasury, some 11.5 million Britons – a third of the workforce – have their wages supported by holiday and self-employed subsidy schemes.
The leave scheme currently provides for the government to pay 80% of the salary, capped at £ 2,500 per month, for employees who are currently unable to work.
Beginning in August, employers will have to start increasing some of the costs of workers on leave, starting with the payment of national insurance and pension contributions.
Can I be dismissed if I am on leave?
Even if the leave is designed to keep workers busy, it unfortunately does not protect you against dismissals.
But that doesn’t affect your rights to severance pay if you’re released from work in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
Your employer must always perform a fair termination process.
You will have the right to be consulted in the first instance on termination of employment and to receive statutory termination indemnity, as long as you have been working somewhere for at least two years.
The amount to which you are entitled depends on your age and seniority, although it is limited to 20 years. You will have:
- Half a week’s salary for each full year under 22,
- One week’s salary for each full year of 22 years or more, but less than 41 years,
- One and a half weeks of salary for each full year 41 or older.
Unfortunately, you will not be entitled to payment if you have worked for your employer for less than two years.
There should be a period of collective consultation as well as time for individual consultations if your employer wishes to dismiss 20 or more employees within 90 days or between them.
You also have the right to appeal the decision on the grounds of unfair dismissal within three months of your dismissal.
If you are dismissed after taking up your business, you can request a termination indemnity via Gov.uk.
Then, starting in September, companies that continue to hire workers will have to pay 10% of their wages and 20% in October.
In the past few weeks, 70% of companies have hired thousands of employees, including large corporations like Primark, John Lewis and Next.
Earlier today, Lewis warned that hundreds of thousands of workers are at risk of being laid off for unauthorized jobs.
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Changes to the August vacation plan that force employers to start contributing to costs could see layoffs start to be announced.
He said in his weekly newsletter: “This means that redundancy is likely by then for those in roles that employers do not consider viable after October, when the end of the vacation period.
“Since redundancy may require a 45-day consultation period, this means that many will soon receive letters. I suspect it will impact 100,000 or even millions. “