Your employer might be able to use the government Coronavirus Job Retention scheme to pay you while you’re not working. This is known as being a ‘furloughed worker’.
Your employer might furlough you if they can’t pay you or if there’s no work – for example, if your place of work is closed.
You can also ask to be furloughed. You might want to do this if you:
- are ‘extremely vulnerable’ and following government guidance to lower your risk of getting coronavirus – known as ‘shielding’
- live with someone who is ‘extremely vulnerable’
- are looking after your children while their school is closed
- are pregnant or have a health condition and you’re worried about coronavirus
- are over 70
If your employer applies to the scheme, you’ll be paid 80% of your normal pay up to a maximum of £2,500 a month. This will continue until the end of October, unless you return to work before then.
Check if you can be furloughed:
Your employer will only be able to use the scheme to pay you if either:
- you’ve already been furloughed before 11 June 2020
- you’re returning from maternity leave, adoption leave, paternity leave, shared parental leave or parental bereavement leave
If you’re returning from one of these types of leave, your employer must also have used the scheme to furlough other employees.
You can be furloughed full-time or part-time. For example, you could work 3 days a week and be furloughed for the other 2 days.
If you’re working from home you should get your normal pay from your employer. For more information visit citizensadvice.org.uk/work/coronavirus-being-furloughed-if-you-cant-work
Changes To The Furlough Scheme:
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will close on 31 October 2020.
From 1 July, employers can bring furloughed employees back to work for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim CJRS grant for the hours not worked.
From 1 August 2020, the level of grant will be reduced each month.To be eligible for the grant employers must pay furloughed employees 80% of their wages, up to a cap of £2,500 per month for the time they are being furloughed.
The timetable for changes to the scheme is set out here
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