Furlough workers – You must put it in writing

We had a number of enquiries regarding whether or not the employee has to send a written response to consent to furlough. Following Chamber lobbying, this has now been confirmed in the new guidance as below.

“To be eligible for the grant employers must confirm in writing to their employee confirming that they have been furloughed. If this is done in a way that is consistent with employment law, that consent is valid for the purposes of claiming the CJRS. There needs to be a written record, but the employee does not have to provide a written response. A record of this communication must be kept for five years.”

Finally, as you will have seen, the Chancellor has announced the Job Retention Scheme has been extended for a month, allowing employers to furlough workers until the end of June. You can read the news story here .

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