The facts about flexible furlough

Last Friday, the Government provided more information about the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, and in particular the new rules about 'flexible furlough' which can start from 1 July. You can read all the updated guidance here.

From 1 July, you can decide the hours and shift patterns employees work to suit the needs of your business – you’ll pay their wages for the time they’re in work and can apply for a job retention scheme grant to cover any of their usual hours they are still furloughed for. You can still keep employees on full furlough if you need to.

However, this can only apply to employees who have already been on furlough. This means they must have previously been furloughed for at least three consecutive weeks taking place any time between 1 March 2020 and 30 June. The last day an employee could have started furlough for the first time was 10 June - no other staff can be put into this scheme now.

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