What do I need to know regarding “Furloughed Workers”?

On Friday 20 March, the government announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Under the Scheme, it will be possible for employers (including churches and charities) to be reimbursed some costs where staff are designated “furloughed workers” and meet the terms of the Scheme.

This is a new legal concept for the UK, a (probably one-off) temporary alternative to the more technical legal concept of a “lay off” (where the employee has some right to a small guarantee payment and may request to be made redundant after 12 weeks).

We now have all of the expected official details on how the Scheme currently operates.  These have changed over time, are not always clear and conflict in some areas.  Further details will be forthcoming on 12 June, with regard to changes to the Scheme – allowing furloughed employees to undertake part time work for their employers, whilst furloughed.

Our understanding of how these will work together in practice and can be reconciled is contained in the factsheet below.

Here’s a link to the PDF of the factsheet

Please note: this cannot constitute legal advice – it is our best steer based upon the current information available

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have specific enquiries regarding the Scheme.


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