The majority of employers don't want to make their employees redundant and the furlough plan is good in principle but the time frame may destroy that possibility for many. If the employees are paid in March and then all furloughed in April and the 25th April payroll comes round again and the employer is crying out for the refund from government so they can pay employees then what do they do?
Also, pension contributions and PAYE will continue to be paid or probably not draining cash flow further without any reimbursed money.
Many of the other support package schemes are in total melt down, some one in queue yesterday evening behind 1,052 others whilst waiting the full day on the phone for assistance.
I'm afraid it'll just leave employers with no option but to make more staff redundant or just make up monthly payslips and don't pay the employee anything until they receive the reimbursed money first which could be two to three months down the line. I'm sure the employee will be happy waiting on the pay cheque arriving because the portal is still in construction. "Computer says NO"
I hope I'm wrong and we're operational by next week.