Furlough scheme: an update

Our newsletter on June 1, ‘Job Retention Scheme Flexible Furloughing’, highlighted that from July 1 businesses will be given the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back part-time.

The factsheet released by HMRC states: “From 1 July the scheme will only be available to employers that have previously used the scheme in respect of employees they have previously furloughed.”

The scheme will close to new entrants from June 30. From this point onwards, employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed for a full three-week period prior to that date.

The final date by which an employer can furlough an employee for the first time will be June 10, in order for the current three-week furlough period to be completed by June 30.

Therefore, if you wish to furlough an employee for the first time, or for a further three-week period immediate action must be taken in order to agree it with the employee in writing.

From July 1, 2020 the maximum number of employees you can claim for in any period cannot exceed the maximum number of employees you have claimed for on any claim submitted for a previous period.