Hannah Strawbridge was quoted in Personnel Today, saying:

Hannah Strawbridge, founder of employment law and HR specialists Little Pig 3 said it was the “calm before the upcoming storm”. Unemployment has increased by 600,000 since the beginning of lockdown and is expected to continue to rise.

“Next month, we’ll see the real jobs cost of employers being asked to contribute to furlough costs. It’s a difficult balancing act that the government is trying to pull off,” she said.

“Furlough, reduced work hours and unemployment are disproportionately impacting on women and that needs addressing urgently. We want government to remind employers of their obligations and ask them to treat people fairly at all times. It’s not as if employment rights have gone away. A failure to do this properly today and over coming weeks is simply storing up trouble later when we’ll see a wave of claims coming through. It’s cheaper, quicker and better for the long-term viability of your business if employers get this right now.”

You can read the full article here: https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/furlough-costs-reach-31-7bn/