Liverpool reveal they have placed staff ‘impacted by the suspension of the Premier League’ on furlough but insist employees ‘will be paid 100 per cent of their salaries’
- Liverpool have made the announcement regarding their non-playing staff
- It comes as Premier League clubs meet with the PFA to discuss player wage cuts
- The club had already agreed to pay staff for the remaining four home games
- Newcastle and Tottenham have already said they will furlough some staff
Liverpool have announced that non-playing staff have been placed on furlough with the Premier League suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the Premier League side have insisted that those employees will still receive 100 per cent of their salaries to ensure financial damage is limited.
Liverpool’s announcement comes as top-flight clubs meet with representatives of players and managers to discuss possible wage cuts during the suspension.
Liverpool have announced they have placed all of their non-playing staff on furlough
The club confirmed that those furloughed would still receive 100 per cent of their salaries
Liverpool Football Club is continuing to deal with a range of challenges caused by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and would like to update supporters on the progress that has been made to date.
While our priority from the outset has been to focus primarily on the health and wellbeing of our players, staff, supporters and local community, the club has also committed to playing as full a role as possible in the Premier League’s ongoing response to the crisis.
As such, we welcome Friday’s announcement from the Premier League which confirmed the provision of support for the National Health Service, the EFL and National League and a commitment for the 2019-20 season to resume only when it is safe to do so.
At club level, various other measures have been taken to protect the best interests of the club and our staff in both the short term and the long term, with all such actions being undertaken following various internal discussions.
In some instances, further measures will follow only once all parties are in a position to proceed and updates will be provided as and when this is the case.
Liverpool FC has placed some staff who are impacted by the Premier League suspension on furlough. The club has confirmed those staff will be paid 100 per cent of their salaries to ensure no member of staff is financially disadvantaged.
Last month the club also confirmed that it would pay its matchday and non-matchday staff while the Premier League is suspended. Even prior to the decision on staff furloughing, there was a collective commitment at senior levels of the club – on and off the pitch – with everyone working towards a solution that secures jobs for employees of the club during this unprecedented crisis.
There is ongoing active engagement about the topic of salary deductions during the period matches are not being played to schedule. These discussions are complex and as a result the process is ongoing. In addition, with the health and wellbeing of all club staff being of paramount importance, a number of proactive steps have been taken to assist staff during the crisis.
Steps include regular updates from the chief executive to keep staff informed of decisions and latest information and a new online portal providing health and wellbeing information and key contacts. This also includes guidance from the club’s sports psychologist on mental health and wellbeing and healthy eating advice from the club’s head of nutrition.
The club has also launched a new learning and development platform providing specific help with adapting to working from home and dealing with remote working. Liverpool FC has also been actively working with its players, Liverpool FC Foundation and the club’s community outreach programme, Red Neighbours, to ensure its community response is targeted to help local families in food crises and those that are socially isolated.
A significant donation has been made to St Andrew’s foodbank in north Liverpool by the first-team players and Liverpool FC Foundation, an emergency foodbank appeal was launched by Liverpool FC Foundation to help those in need and LFC staff are continuing to volunteer to help ensure families have food throughout the crisis and beyond.
The club also launched ‘LFC Connect’; a social isolation initiative aimed at telephone contact with the most vulnerable in our communities. Our fan services team have been busy contacting the elderly and vulnerable and having a virtual cuppa with them.
For those who would normally participate in our schools and community programmes, we have filmed virtual sessions and exercise routines that can be done at home in order to keep fitness levels up. These fitness-at-home videos cover virtual chair yoga, walking football for our team of over-50s, mindfulness and fitness and football coaching for the tens of thousands of children who participate in our weekly programmes.
With regards to those employees who have been furloughed, a club statement read: ‘The club have confirmed those staff will be paid 100 per cent of their salaries to ensure no member of staff is financially disadvantaged.
‘Last month the club also confirmed that it would pay its matchday and non-matchday staff while the Premier League is suspended.
‘Even prior to the decision on staff furloughing, there was a collective commitment at senior levels of the club – on and off the pitch – with everyone working towards a solution that secures jobs for employees of the club during this unprecedented crisis,’ the statement added.
When an employee is placed on furlough they are temporarily put on a leave of absence and not paid, although they remain on the payroll, meaning that they do not lose their job.
This could be because there is no work for these employees, or that the company is not able to afford to pay them, because of the effects of the coronavirus crisis.
In the United Kingdom, the Government is offering to pay 80 per cent of a furloughed employee’s wages, up to £2,500 per month, until they are able to resume their job full time.
‘There is ongoing active engagement about the topic of salary deductions during the period matches are not being played to schedule. These discussions are complex and as a result the process is ongoing.’
The club’s statement also welcomed the Premier League’s commitment to resume the current season when it is safe to do so, with Jurgen Klopp’s side some 25 points clear at the top of the table.
The announcement follows in the footsteps of Newcastle, Tottenham, Bournemouth and Norwich, who have already announced they will furlough some non-playing staff.
Liverpool had already revealed last month they would pay both matchday and non-matchday staff for the remaining four home Premier League games this season which have been postponed.
The club have also been instrumental in helping in other ways, with captain Jordan Henderson organising a Premier League coronavirus crisis fund that is set to raise millions for the NHS.
The club also welcomed the Premier League’s commitment to finishing the current season
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has also led a campaign to raise money for the NHS
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