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How to Furlough Employees and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Furlough Leave

In March 2020, the Coronavirus Job Retention (Furlough) Scheme (CJRS) was set up by the Government to support UK employers who were severely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). It was a temporary wage support measure that was designed to support jobs and help employers facing difficulties in paying wages rather than laying off staff or making them redundant. The CJRS was closed on 30 September 2021.

A variety of CJRS and Furlough document templates are still available on the website but this is for reference purposes only.  

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Furlough Leave Letter  was used  to explain the employer's plan to furlough staff in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and pay them funds through the CJRS.  In order to be eligible for the furlough leave grant, employers had to write to their employees confirming that they had been furloughed. A Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Furlough Leave Agreement is also available and this was used to seek employees' agreement to the Company placing them on furlough leave. A record of these communitcations must be kept for five years.


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