Who CAN still be furloughed?

Coronavirus, Payroll,

The Treasury has this week confirmed that there are some groups who can still be added to the Furlough Scheme, beyond the 10th June deadline date.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the following groups of people can still be furloughed:

  • Parents returning to work from maternity or paternity leave.
  • People on adoption or shared parental leave.
  • Those on parental bereavement leave (Northern Ireland only).

The only prerequisite is the the employer must have furloughed other team members previously, for whom a claim must have been made.

The amended format of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, to be known as the Flexible Furlough Scheme, will take effect on the 1st July. At this point only the above people will be able to be furloughed, with employers having the ability to bring people back on a part-time basis.

Further guidance on the ‘Flexible Furlough’ scheme will be published on the 12th June, which we hope will clarify further exactly how this amended scheme will work. As soon as we have had a chance to see and review the guidance, we’ll let you know more!

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