You can start to flexibly furlough eligible employees from 1 July onwards.
From 1 July, you can claim a more flexible grant for any employee you have previously received a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant for, and who now returns to work on reduced hours. You can also continue to claim for employees who stay fully furloughed.
What you need to do next
- claim for periods ending on or before 30 June, by 31 July – this is the last date you can make those claims
- agree the hours and shift patterns that you want your employees to work from 1 July
- pay your employees’ wages for the time they’re in work and apply for a job retention scheme grant to cover the remainder of their usual hours for which they are still furloughed
- claim for further furlough periods as needed – the first time you will be able to make a claim for days in July will be 1 July
Please note that from 1 July, the number of employees that can be furloughed at the same time cannot exceed the maximum number of employees that have been claimed for in any period prior to 1 July.
Government guidance also states that employers need to have new written agreements confirming any new arrangements with employees.
The Government’s contributions to the scheme start to reduce from August 2020. The scheme ends on 31 October 2020.
Please contact us if you have any further queries.