Can I be made redundant while on furlough?
Yes. Employees can be made redundant at any point during the scheme, or when it ends. If they are entitled to redundancy pay it would be calculated based on the amount they earned before furlough.
Can I work if I've been furloughed?
- When the scheme began, furloughed staff weren't able to do any work for their employer. However, they can now be brought back to work on a part-time basis.
- This coincides with the reopening of the hospitality sector in England, which was particularly badly hit by the lockdown. Some furloughed staff will be able to return to work at pubs, bars and restaurants when they open to the public in England on 4 July.
- In the meantime, those on furlough can volunteer in the community or even for their company as long as they aren't creating revenue or providing a service.
- Employers can give employees additional training, but must top up furlough payments if they do not reach minimum wage for the period spent doing the training.
- If you work for more than one firm, you can receive furlough from any of them, up to £2,500 a month per employer.
- You can continue working for any that still need you or start working for a new employer, provided you are not breaching any existing contracts.