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15 Apr 20201 minute read

Further Government announcements on furlough

Further Government announcements on furlough

The Government has issued updated information on the operation of furlough under the Job Retention Scheme late on Thursday 9 April 2020.

ECA has incorporated this into a new Furlough guidance note, available on our dedicated Coronavirus webpage. The main clarifications and/or changes announced on 9 April include:

  • Employers have the option to furlough workers who are shielding or need to stay home with someone who is shielding;
  • Employers should not furlough workers simply because they are on short-term sickness absence, but may put such workers on furlough if there are other business reasons for doing so;
  • It is open to an employer to transfer workers on long-term sickness absence onto furlough; 
  • Furloughed workers who fall sick whilst on furlough may remain on furlough and continue to receive their ‘furlough pay’, rather than SSP;
  • Employees transferred after 28 February to a new employer under a TUPE transfer may be furloughed by their new employer;

Furloughed workers may not perform work for any organisation ‘associated’ with or ‘linked’ to their employer.