• Can employees be furloughed more than once? Apr 27, 2021
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    If an employee has more than one employer/works for more than one company, they can be furloughed for each job. Each job is separate, and the £2,500 monthly cap applies to each one. From 1 July 2021, the level of grant will be reduced and the employer will be asked to contribute towards the cost of wages. An employee can be furloughed in one job and get furlough payments but continue working in another job and get their normal wages.

    An employer must provide a furlough agreement letter to employees who they would like to place on furlough leave. There needs to be a written record, but the employee does not have to provide a response. A record of this communication must be kept for six years. You can findfree letter templates on the BrightPay website.

    For employees who are moving from full-time furlough to flexible furlough or vice versa, the guidance talks about having a "new" written agreement. If an employee is already on a flexible furlough agreement, this can be varied to reflect any variation in the working pattern agreed between the parties. The employer does not need a new furlough agreement each time the worker's hours change and can instead issue an amendment if there is a change in working pattern.

    Employers can enter into a furlough agreement with the employee more than once. There is currently no minimum furlough period. However, there is a minimum CJRS claim period of one week and claim periods must start and end within the same calendar month. Therefore, pay periods that span two calendar months must be broken down into two separate claims. It will only be possible to claim for a period of less than a week if the period claimed for includes the first or last day of the month and a claim has already been made for the period ending immediately before it.

    To keep up to date with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme & Furlough Leave, visit the COVID-19 Resources Hub for the latest information.


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