Circulated to all Staff employed by Amerton Farm Ltd.
3rd April 2020
I write further to our updates and letter of 18th March 2020 in respect of the current corona virus outbreak and the challenges we face as a consequence in continuing to provide you with work for the foreseeable future.
During our updates and emails, I set out the impact that the current situation is having on our business, which has seen a downturn since the 18th March 2020. We are therefore unable to offer work to any of our employees for the time being. We have been unable to identify any other role in the business which you would be in a position to undertake.
In order to help avoid significant large scale redundancies across the country from those businesses directly affected by this measure, on Friday 20th March 2020 when the Government announced that it was setting up a new Corona virus Job Retention Scheme (the Scheme) to help businesses.
So as to prevent the potential redundancies that would have arisen from the position we are currently in, we are applying to join the Scheme, which will entitle us to receive a grant to cover up to 80% of our employees’ wage costs for as long as we remain in the Scheme, up to a total of £2,500 per month per employee. The Scheme is initially expected to be in operation for three months, but it may very well be extended.
The Scheme requires us to designate affected employees as ‘furloughed workers’, and we intend to do this for all employees. We must then pass this information to HMRC and will be able to receive a grant to cover your wage to the extent set out above. Unfortunately some of our younger members of staff will not be eligible for the “furloughed scheme” to qualify you must be paying PAYE on 28th February 2020, you can check this information on your pay slip.
Further to our discussion, we have agreed that you will be designated as a ‘furloughed worker’ as from 18th March 2020 which means that your status as an employee has temporarily changed. You will now be a ‘furloughed worker’ for as long as we are unable to provide you with work and are enrolled on the Scheme. You have also agreed to a reduction in your wage to 80% of your basic wage whilst you are a furloughed worker. You are still employed by Amerton Farm Ltd and you are not expected to take paid work elsewhere.
We will keep your status as a ‘furloughed worker’ under continuous review and in the event that the position changes, you will be notified. At the present time I do not know when this will be, but I can assure you that the directors of Amerton Farm Ltd, will continue to monitor the evolving situation very carefully.
We are doing everything we possibly can to ensure we are able to survive the challenges we are facing. We appreciate that this is a difficult period for everyone and I would like to thank you for your continued loyalty to the business.
If you do not agree with the above, please contact me directly as a matter of urgency on 07973134076.
You need to confirm you understand this letter and fill the form below to confirm you will be furloughed worker on the Amerton Farm payroll, on 20th April 2020 which is the next designated pay day.
- Please fill in the form below electronically
- Forwarding the email and the reply slip below to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fill the form below in and send it
- Please do it by Wednesday 9th April 2020.
- Thank you in advance
If you have any queries regarding the contents of this letter, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07973134076.
Eunice E Finney ARAgS
Managing Director of Amerton Farm Ltd.
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Eunice Finney ARAgS
Amerton Farm Limited
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