I'm an office worker, working from home. I have been furloughed for half a day every day I work, this means I start at 9AM and finish at 1PM every day.
However I read that employer can force employees to do training during Furlough. So my company has decided to book in training for me to do everyday from 1PM - 5PM.
I don't really mind too much, but the issue is that this means I get no lunch break or time to excersise during daylight hours. Because I'm technically only employed for half a day, I'm not entitled to a lunch break due to the time is too short, but they also can technically enforce this training I'm being told, and I have to attend it they tell me, but they won't let me take a lunch break!
Is there anything I can do to fight this? its real diffucult working from 9-5 without any break in between! Help?
I will try explain my situation as clearly as I can.
So I am a Computer Science graduate student but I have gotten a deferral on my dissertation and I am still working on it. I have about a month and a half left till the deadline so I try to work as much as I can on it. I am a student from the EU (Lithuania) and I did not receive a maintenance loan to cover living costs during my three years in Uni (I did receive one for my course itself) . This lead me to take up part-time work such as my cinema job that I still am employed in. Ever since the lockdown began all the cinemas were closed and all employees put on furlough. During October before the lockdown was supposed to end and cinemas reopened thus furlough stopped, I figured I will have to quit my job and search for a new one. As a result, I filed for a Job Seekers Allowance which could help me financially while I look for work. The furlough did not stop however as more lockdowns would be announced. I was ignorant and I neglected letting the Job Seekers Allowance team know and I still continued to receive payments from them. During the same time I started working a delivery job (Deliveroo) which would help me, although I did this on a normal bicycle so the pay was not that great. I could so far afford to pay my bills but I was also addicted to smoking weed all the time and I could not live without it which was a huge money sink (30£ - 60£ weekly) throughout my three years at Uni. Since then I have gone through a mental transformation and stopped using any substance except caffeine that I get from black tea.
I receive £121 weekly from my furlough at the cinema (This is 80% of my pay).
The Job Seekers Allowance used to pay me £67 weekly.
My deliveroo job (considered self employed) used to net in around £30 - £60 weekly. But now since lockdown people order less so I manage to get ~£40 weekly. I only work Fri-Sun as those are the peak times. Since i am on a push bike I receive the bottom of the barrel orders as I am considered innefficient by the algorithm.
Since I have "graduated" and I'm not a student anymore I have to pay council tax which is £121 monthly. My rent is £385 Monthly + £50 electric & water. I also have to repay an internet provider installments of £20 every month for 6 months since I owed them a few years back which I neglected to repay. I've recently received a call from Job Seekers Allowance telling me that I now need to repay everything since December which is aro... keep reading on reddit ➡
I am on maternity. I was put on Furlogh in march, my place of work reopened in July. I was too far pregnant and stayed on furlough until my maternity started. I fell pregnant before the pandemic. We have a 4 month old daughter. My husband is a chef. He went back to work in July and worked until November baring 2 weeks of paternity leave. Furloghed in November and then due to tiers has not gone back. He gets 80 percent of his wage. Thats 201 pound a week. I get statutory maternity pay. 151 pound a week. We have a mortgage property and bills to pay.
The hatred towards people on furlough insisting we have a higher tax rate when we go back, saying we are lazy and not hard working. My husband has applied for 60 jobs this past week alone. Unfortunately with most being zero hours he's reluctant to apply in case he ends up with less then his furlough pay. I've applied to go back to work. I too work in hospitality, I would be on part furlough so wouldn't be any better off plus they have no hours for me. We are desperate to work. Once furlough ends a higher tax rate for 2 adults on minimum wage would cripple us financially.
Why the hatred? Were not rich, we are struggling. Weve missed meals so we can afford formula and pay our mortgage. I'm just fed up of the assumptions people make about us
I’m starting to get annoyed that so people I know with little to no responsibility are sat on furlough AND making money on the side while I’m out working everyday. Everyones tax is more than likely going to increase thanks to this incompetent government. I’m working to pay for someone else to relax around all day for months on end. Whenever you criticise this people’s response is always be glad you kept your job, but in all honesty I’d rather be on furlough. People are making a killing on furlough right now and secretly working.
I don’t feel this way all the time, sometimes I’m glad my tax payers money is actually going to help the people, it’s just the people who don’t need furlough and are secretly working making double their income taking advantage are annoying me now.
A part of me thinks anyone who’s taking furlough should be paying the additional tax as opposed to those of us who haven’t. But then another apart of me knows that’s wrong and I probably just need a break from work before burnout.
Not sure where else to ask this but I work a minimum wage bar job so I'm currently on furlough. Last month I turned 21 so my minimum wage increased to £8.20. Today I recieved my first furlough payslip since turning 21, however, I noticed that my hourly rate hasn't been increased. Should I be receiving more furlough pay or will it increase when I am back in work?
Thank you in advance for any help!
In short, my wife is currently 22 weeks pregnant and on furlough. (Industry cannot reopen due to current COVID restrictions.)
This is more of a question incase it comes up, and not an urgent worry we have, but could she be forced to take her maternity leave rather than remain on furlough?
She would have likley worked right up until birth, so I think it would be unfair to mandate that she take it earlier than the birth of our child, but I've seen some stuff online that I've been unable to confirm, that indicate she would be required to take it from 28 weeks.
She would likely prefer to go on maternity once the baby is here anyway, incase the business is in a position to reopen. (We assume that of she chooses to remain on furlough after the birth, then all maternity options will be lost and she will be expected to find alternative childcare and return to work)
Any advice appreciated, Thanks in advance.
EDIT: Thanks to everyone for all the advice provided. I have all the information I was looking for, this post is free to be locked and ignored.
The title is basically a bit tldr but, my housemate has just come to me in a panic because she has just received an email from her employer (a Pub), and supposedly so have her colleagues, requesting that they garnish some of her furlough money so that they can afford to stay open. The email continues on to say that if they don't give them this money then they will start making redundancies. The implication being that anyone who doesn't pay up will be in the firing line.
Apparently, the way it was worded was to make the employees see it more as "an investment that we'll get back when they've reopened" (quote from my housemate).
Is it me or does this seem incredibly illegal and almost like a mobster shakedown, threatening to fire anyone who doesn't pay up?
We're both students living in London, so neither of us has much experience with things like this. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated, Thanks guys!
Update: thank you for all your advice everyone, my house mate really appreciated it. She decided to not give up any of her furlough and to then see their reaction and depend on that will decide on what she does from there. I’ll update again once I know what’s happened. Thanks again guys!
This applies for the UK, I don't know what situations other countries are in with covid. But I'm working a 9-5 job from home and it doesn't feel fair because literally everyone I know is furloughed and just doing what they want all day and getting paid for it. I know most of them want to be in work, I would gladly swap with them. I want all that free time to myself and I'll never get it.
The attack left me needing surgeries to repair my torn ear, nose and mouth, as well as an ACL tear and a severed tendon in my calf.
Days after having surgery on my calf, I was called back to work unexpectedly soon, and I couldn’t return. My employer was understanding of the situation, but after a few weeks, they terminated me and hired someone else. As the title states-I was 8 months shy of the 30 year mark, and I planned to retire at that point with my full pension.
FMLA was used, but I had used most of it earlier this year when my husband had a stroke. I had nowhere near enough time left for my own recovery.
I am already planning to sue the dog owners for my injuries, but I would like to know if my loss of the full pension is something that I can recover in court. I am in the process of choosing a lawyer, but haven’t picked one yet. I am incredibly stressed over this new development and was hoping for some immediate insight.