Furlough is a lifeline for businesses during lockdown

Companies can retain their workforce in this COVID-19 situation due to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). This means the Government will pay 80% of employee wages up to £2,500 a month including NI and pension contributions.

However, since the scheme opened on 20.04.2020, complex and evolving bailout rules have left many confused.

When furloughed can you continue to take on training, provide employee support etc?

You are not permitted to perform regular services while on furlough, however training is allowed only if it does not generate any revenue for the employer or provide services. The training must be relevant to the employee’s role.

Can you be asked to return from Furlough?

Yes, employees can be rotated on furlough (three weeks on, three weeks off) or you can be asked to return to work as normal if there is a demand for work. The Government have detailed guidance for businesses to follow to ensure employees are safe.

• Changed Jobs?

The Treasury have now extended the cut-off date to the 19th March. You qualify if you were on the PAYE payroll on or before 19th March (i.e. if you were paid by that date you would be eligible for the furlough scheme).

If you are not eligible, due to changing employer, new guidance permits employees who left a job to work elsewhere after the cut-off date, to be rehired and furloughed by their former employers.

• Can an Employer Recruit

Recruitment of new positions is allowed.

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