We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions relating to furlough and divided them into the areas you’ll need to think about when planning how to can implement furlough (if appropriate) as part of your response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also known as the furlough scheme) has been further extended until the end of September 2021. Employees will continue to receive 80% of their salary for hours not worked until the scheme ends. The Government's contribution will be tapered with employers contributing 10% in July, increasing to 20% in August and September. CIPD members can call the employment law helpline on 03330 431 217 for further support and advice.

Furlough extension

Selecting employees for furlough

Selecting specific groups of employees for furlough

Applying for furlough

Managing employees on furlough

Pay during furlough

Annual leave during furlough

Sickness during furlough

After furlough

Postponed Job Support Scheme (JSS)

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If you have other queries about COVID-19 not covered above, please contact the CIPD member employment law helpline on 03330 431 217 or visit the Community pages

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