'We're heartbroken': new starters trapped by furlough loophole

Britain’s coronavirus support scheme is leaving newly hired staff and seasonal workers in limbo Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Workers who had only just started new jobs before coronavirus hit UK businesses are caught in a “furlough trap”, with the government scheme to cover 80% of their income unavailable to their employers. When the crisis first hit, the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced that businesses would be able to apply for help paying the wages of staff who they would otherwise have been forced to make redundant as the economy stalled. Continue reading...