Back to work toolkit

Get expert guidance on how to get back to work as lockdown eases. Or for help to manage the impact of COVID-19 on your business—including advice on sick pay, homeworking and furlough—call 0844 892 2772

Guidance on getting back to business

Download your guide to reopening to learn how to get staff back to work safely as lockdown eases. Plus, access an editable letter for employees to evidence, if questioned when they are on the journey to work, that they cannot work from home

DOWNLOAD: Re-opening your workplace after lockdown (pdf)

DOWNLOAD: Letter of eligibility that employee cannot work from home (word doc)

Remember, the rules around lockdown will change over time. So, before you make any decisions about reopening your business, contact your Peninsula team for expert advice.

Furlough guidance & letter template

Find out the rules on the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and download an editable letter to give to staff who are to be furloughed.

Remember, the situation in the UK is changing fast, and we refresh these documents regularly. Always check back in for the latest updates and contact your Peninsula advice team on 0844 892 2772

DOWNLOAD: Guide to employee furlough and the Job Retention Scheme (pdf)

DOWNLOAD: Flexible furlough under the Job Retention Scheme (pdf)

DOWNLOAD: Letter to agree flexible furlough (word doc)


Any information provided by Peninsula in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) has been based on guidance published by the Government on its website ( which has been updated regularly. The information provided by Peninsula in relation to eligibility under the CJRS does not amount to ‘advice’ and Peninsula does not accept any liability or responsibility for the submission or accuracy of information provided to HMRC in support of claims under the CJRS. All claims submitted to HMRC in respect of the CJRS remain the sole responsibility of the employer.

Your furlough navigator tool

Furlough navigator is an online tool for BrightHR that helps you collect the data you need to claim Job Retention Scheme grants in one secure place online. Here’s how it works:

  • Pick staff for furlough: Set an employee’s status to furlough with a click of a button. Use your online calendar to see who’s on furlough, who’s on holiday and who’s on sick leave.
  • Track time off: Let the furlough navigator tool record how long your staff are on furlough. Then use this data to work out how much to claim back for wages.
  • Access HR docs online: Get unlimited cloud storage space for your HR docs, including furlough letters. Keep docs safe, secure and easy to access for five years to meet government guidelines. 

Log in to BrightHR to start using your free furlough navigator tool today.

VIDEO: Navigating Flexible Furlough

Watch the video to find out more about navigating flexible furlough, including:

  • What is flexible furlough and who does it apply to?
  • Paying staff on flexible furlough
  • Government contributions to the scheme
  • Calculating hours and keeping records
  • Holiday entitlements during furlough

VIDEO: COVID secure office tour

The wellbeing of Peninsula’s staff and clients is our highest priority.

That’s why we’ve upgraded our office buildings across the UK and Ireland to make our workspace COVID secure.

Hit play on the video to take a guided tour of the Peninsula HQ in Manchester and see some of the changes we’ve made to protect our people at work.

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