Rachel Pallet

May 09 2020

What does furlough mean? Know your rights

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Coronavirus has resulted in a huge change in our work and our lives over the last few months. One of these big changes is the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – or furlough. If you’ve been furloughed, make sure you know your rights – here’s what you need to know.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is a government backed scheme to protect jobs during the current crisis. The government has agreed to pay grants to companies struggling in the current climate to pay employees 80% of staff salaries, up to £2,500 per month per employee, to help people keep their jobs.

Any employee on the payroll of a company before March 19th 2020 is eligible for furlough, regardless of contract type. An employee can be furloughed for a minimum of 3 weeks, but they must be taken off furlough once they return to work. Employees are not allowed to work at all during furlough.

The current Job Retention Scheme runs until 30th June. However, given the ongoing crisis due to Coronavirus, the government could decide to extend this depending on how things progress.

For employment advice during this unprecedented time, call Flexistaff on 01582 696959 or email office@flexistaffuk.com.