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SPECIAL REPORT – The concept of ‘furloughing’ has become commonplace in the UK in recent weeks. In the apparel sector, brands and retailers have closed their stores indefinitely, in the process ‘furloughing’ thousands of staff. But what does furloughing actually mean and what legal issues need to be considered when furloughing staff?

For this special guide, Apparel Insider spoke to three leading lawyers on this issue: Simon Mayberry, senior associate with LexLeyton; Jayne Harrison, head of employment law with Richard Nelson LLP; and Simon Robinson, founder and employment lawyer at specialist Leeds-based firm, Robinson Ralph.

Between them they look in details at issues such as:

  • What furloughing means and how it differs from unpaid leave
  • Outlines a practical step by step process for furloughing staff
  • Alternative options to furloughing and when these should be considered
  • Risks to be considered when furloughing large numbers of staff
  • How furloughing affects annual leave, NI contributions and pensions
  • What kind of timeframes are involved in furloughing
  • And … much, much more

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