Managing Furlough Leave

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough Leave)

The Chancellor announced a range of support measures for employers affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including grants available under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

The scheme is intended to support employers to continue paying employees who would otherwise be made redundant or put on an unpaid period of lay-off during this crisis. The Guidance Notes on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Furlough Leave provide valuable information on what is required to qualify for the Scheme, how to furlough staff and how furlough and redundancy relate.

The final date by which an employer can furlough an employee for the first time will be 10th June 2020, in order for the current three-week furlough period to be completed by 30th June 2020.

The CJRS has been extended to October 2020 with the Scheme continuing in its current form until 30th June 2020. From July to October 2020 the Scheme will be changed so that furloughed employees can be brought back part-time and the amount that HMRC will reimburse will fall in August, September and October 2020. 

Part of the qualification process will require the employer to designate affected employees as ‘furloughed workers’, and to notify employees of this change. A Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Furlough Leave Letter can be used to explain an employer’s plan to furlough staff. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Furlough Leave Agreement can then be used to seek employees’ agreement to the Company placing them on Furlough Leave.

At the end of each furlough period the employer should review the furlough arrangements and there are additional template letters to cover an employee returning to work or an extension to the furlough period.

A Guidance Note on Emergency Volunteering Leave is also available.

These Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough Leave) Documents are part of the Employment Documents Folder. Just £35.00 + VAT will provide you with 1 year's unlimited access to download all/any documents from the Employment Documents Folder.