It is now too late to put somebody on furlough for the first time. Yesterday was the last day that anyone could be put on furlough for the first time. But if someone has previously been on furlough or is currently on furlough then they are eligible to continue until the scheme closes on 31 October 2020.
A parent returning to work after statutory maternity or paternity leave is an exception to this rule as these employees remain eligible for furlough even if they are being furloughed for the first time after 10th June 2020. Gov website link.
It should also be noted that the flexible furlough scheme comes into force on 1 July 2020. Further details are expected in the next few days. It is known, however, that any furlough period will have to be at least one week (currently three weeks) Find out more.
Other furlough points to note:
- Employers will have to pay employee’s national insurance contributions and pension contributions and can no longer reclaim them through the CJRS from 1 August 2020
- From 1 September 2020, the government will only reimburse 70% of salary (up to a maximum of £2,190). Employers will be required to top-up to 80% (or more, depending on what the employer agreed with the employee).
- From 1 October 2020, the government will only reimburse 60% of salary (up to a maximum of £1,875), and employers will continue having to top up to 80% (or more).