"The measure is well targeted and only applies to employees in businesses that have suffered a sharp reduction in turnover. This new measure is broader than the UK wage subsidy measure which is not available to people who remain in work.
"This support will allow many employers to retain some staff through this health and economic crisis who they may otherwise have needed to let go.
"While inevitably there will be some complexities involved, these can be reduced by a short period of focussed consultation with employer and employee representatives on the legislation and associated regulation and administrative arrangements. The implementation can be further smoothed by a willingness to refine the measure over the period ahead," Mr Willox said.
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