Advice Column: Furlough

Thursday 23rd July 2020

As part of the Citizens Advice Exeter and The Express and Echo weekly advice column, this week we focus on changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

I have been furloughed by my employer because of Coronavirus. There is some talk about me returning on reduced hours. What is the latest on the furlough scheme and returning to work?

The Government has announced that under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), from the 1st July, employers could 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.

To be eligible to claim the CJRS 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. Employers will continue to able to choose to top up employee wages above the 80% total and £2,500 cap for the hours not worked at their own expense if they wish.

Employers will have to pay their employees for the hours worked.

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Look out for our column next week when we focus on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

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