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15 Feb Flexible Furlough
The new ‘flexible furlough’ scheme is a little convoluted.
Here are five ‘flexible furlough’ points to note for all employers.
For further and more detailed guidance, for employees, please contact the team.
1. The new flexible scheme will be closed to employees that were not previously furloughed for three consecutive weeks during 1st of March to the 30th of June 2020 and the maximum number of employees you can claim for during any period can’t be more than the maximum number you claim under previous claims.
2. Starting on the 1st of July, the minimum three-week furlough duration is removed and replaced with the flexible furlough which can be applied for any amount of time.
3. If a previously furloughed employee commences a new period of furlough prior to the 1st of July, that furlough period must still be for three consecutive weeks running into July.
4. Employees who have not previously been furloughed before the 10th of June date but who return from maternity, paternity, shared parental leave, adoption leave or parental bereavement leave may still be furloughed as long as you/the employer have previously used the scheme/furloughed employees.
5. The new guidance on the flexible furlough scheme requires a written agreement be used to enter into flexible furlough with employees.
We do fully appreciate you may contend this is in fact six points, but we’re just trying to be helpful!
Please do contact the team for guidance, the terms for flexible and part-time arrangements must be agreed and the numbers must also be assessed carefully as should selection and rotation too.
Tel 01904 360295