Q:

Have UK furlough rules changed?

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Antonia Cowdry
02 May 2020

A: SenseCheck

  • 3 Yes
  • 0 No
  • 1 Other

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  • 18 May 2020
  • Other

    Complex

    Other ...: Furloughed employees are ‘off work’ in a very specific sense: it is almost as if they are being employed to stay home. Working elsewhere seems to depend in large part on the specificities of one’s employment contract.

    “It could technically be breach of contract with the employer if employees pick up work elsewhere. Similarly, it could be a breach of contract, including a breach of mutual trust and confidence, if the employer unreasonably refuses consent, especially if the employer only allows furlough on 80% pay.”

    See the section titled “General legal position on working elsewhere” in the following link for further detail regarding this ambiguity of circumstance, as well as for worked examples of different employment situations.

    https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/fundamental…

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    Alex Westenberger
    The Senate

  • Comment

  • 18 May 2020
  • Yes

    Complex

    The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’s eligibility cut-off date was moved from February 28 2020 to March 19 2020. This change meant that thousands more workers could be furloughed, thus both increasing government spending and salvaging the livelihoods of more employees. It benefits those who began new jobs just days before lockdown threw their employment prospects into doubt.

    For more details and the reasoning behind this choice, see the following links.


    In addition, as other answers have noted, the program has been recently extended: there is uncertainty about what employer contributions will have to be come August.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/furlough-…

    https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/art…

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    Liam Patell
    University of Oxford

  • Comment

  • 13 May 2020
  • Yes

    Complex

    The Guardian gives an overview and highlights the Government guidance short fall. It is unclear which employers the rules will affect, and how much are expected to contribute.

    The Guardian reports concerns by the shadow chancellor, Annaliese Dodds ... "warned of job losses if struggling firms are forced to make a significant contribution. “The government must clarify today when employers will be required to start making contributions, and how much they’ll be asked to pay. If every business is suddenly required to make a substantial contribution from the 1 August onwards, there is a very real risk that we will see mass redundancies.” "

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/ma…

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    Tamsin Ogilvie
    The Senate

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  • 13 May 2020
  • Yes

    Complex

    The furlough rules within the Uk have been extended for an extra four months. After August the Furlough scheme is to be extended, however with flexibility on how employers can bring back their staff.

    Some points asking companies to supplement the government scheme. As well as bringing back furloughed staff on a part-time basis. These are just two points which have been announced recently. As well as reducing the scheme from 80% to 60%wage contribution. However, whilst this is a move in the right direction there is still an extensive amount of to still be discussed.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52634759

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    Isabelle Gulliver
    The Senate

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