Coronavirus – What is furlough leave and how to use it

As part of a new package of business support measures to help businesses cope with the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), on 20 March 2020 the UK government announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also known as ‘furlough leave’).

Furlough leave is a temporary leave of absence from the workplace for economic reasons. It is paid for by the government and has been introduced to help businesses avoid mass redundancies.

But which employers can use the scheme, what does it entail, how does the scheme pay, what information does one need to give to HMRC and how long does it last? We answer these and more in our latest Briefing Note entitled Coronavirus – What is Furlough Leave and How to Use It.

If you have any queries regarding furlough leave or any other employment matter, Rooks Rider Solicitors is open for business as usual and is on hand to assist. Please contact Aaron Heslop in our Employment Team for advice or assistance in preparing a furlough agreement.


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