It was also announced that the government’s furlough scheme will now be extended until 2nd December 2020 (at least – if lockdown is extended it is expected the furlough scheme will be extended as well).
Furlough had been due to end on 31st October.
Key points to note about the extended furlough scheme are:
The government have said they will publish further details about the scheme shortly but the extended scheme is expected to work in the same way as the previous scheme did – so employers will need an employee’s agreement to be furloughed.
Unlike the Job Support Scheme there is no requirement that employees work a minimum number of their normal hours or that an employer has had to close their premises. So the scheme is likely to be an attractive option for an employer who can’t fully utilise some of their employees at present.
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