I write this out of concern that employers are going to be abusing the job retention scheme. Although I work in a non-essential business, we’ve still been made to come into work to do our jobs behind the scenes. There are never more than a few of us in the building at any time, so technically the restrictions about distancing are being followed.
However, it has come to our attention that our employer plans to claim our wages from the Job Retention Scheme from 1 March, and say that our work has been voluntary. Furthermore, it has been heavily implied that unless we continue to work voluntarily, we won’t receive our 80 per cent wages. I’ve also heard from various friends that their employers are attempting to do something similar. Will the government be doing anything to prevent such abuse of the scheme and stop employers from forcing their employees