Job retention scheme will close to new entrants on 30 June. From 1 July, the employers will only be able to furlough employees who have been furloughed for a full three week period prior to 30 June. This means that the final date by which the employer can furlough an employee for the first time is 10 June for the required three week period to be completed by 30 June.
The scheme applies to all types of employment contracts, including zero-hour contracts, agency worker, and fixed-term contracts. Employees who were made redundant after 28 February can be reemployed and put on furlough.
From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim compensation for their normal hours not worked.
Employees with any type of visa can be furloughed. This includes students working part time or full time outside the term time, sponsored employees, dependants of migrants and any other work permitting immigration category.