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Brookson has endeavoured to ensure our agency support team is here to help you and we are all working as normal but from home. We are accessible via email and mobile phone, so please get in touch if you have any queries or questions as the team will be happy to support you.

I am writing to provide you with an update regarding the applicability of the Job Retention Scheme (“JRS”) to umbrella company employees. There appears to be a lot of confusion in the market on this topic so I wanted to provide you with an update on our current understanding.

Whilst on the face of it, an umbrella company and it’s employees are applicable for this support package there a still a number of issues that require further clarification. We continue to lobby Government for more clarity and will update you further once this clarification has been provided.

Our intention is to support our employees (those who were employed by us on or before 28 February 2020), who find their assignment cut short early due to Covid-19 and will be able to facilitate payment to any furloughed employees. We are however unable to finalise our approach to this until we get further clarity from Government.

We are of course treating this as a matter of urgency and will update you further as soon as we receive further clarity on this critical issue. We are also in discussions with the FCSA whose members, together with the broader umbrella sector, are also in the same situation and have a lack of clarity on this point.

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