As set out in our previous blog post here the UK: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is changing. This means that the CJRS is closing to new entrants form 30 June. Any new employees who an employer may wish to furlough and who have not already been furloughed, must be placed on furlough on or before 10 June.
The new flexible furlough scheme means that employees will be able to return to work on a part time basis without affecting their employers’ right to claim under the CJRS in respect of the non-working days.
Full guidance regarding the amended scheme has yet to be published, but the Government has published a fact sheet with the outline for the new scheme. In addition, the current guidance on the CJRS has been amended and states that:
“The scheme will close to new entrants from 30 June. From this point onwards, employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed for a full 3 week period prior to 30 June.
This means that the final date by which an employer needs to agree with their employee and ensure they place them on furlough is 10 June.”
Employers will have until 31 July to make any claims in respect of the period to 30 June.