From the 1 July, as part of the Governments plan to re-open the UK and kick-start our economy, employers can now bring furloughed employees back to work, while still being able to claim under the CJRS for the hours not worked. The new arrangement is known as ‘flexible furlough’. It is important that employers agree on any new flexible arrangements with the employee and confirm that agreement in writing, whether via email or letter.

To be eligible for flexible furlough, employees must have been furloughed for a period of at least 3 consecutive weeks between 1 March and 30 June 2020. This may differ if you have an employee returning from statutory parental leave. Businesses will be given the flexibility to decide the hours and shift patterns of their employees – with the government continuing to pay 80% of salaries for the hours they do not work

Employers are also advised to read the details of the UK Government’s guidance to ensure they are successful in accessing the support.

For further advice regarding flexible furlough and all employment law related matters, contact us on 01792 468684 or email


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