Can an employer rotate which employees are furloughed during the coronavirus crisis?
Yes. Guidance published by HM Revenue and Customs on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme confirms that employees can be furloughed multiple times. The minimum period an employee can be furloughed for is three weeks. Therefore, an employer can rotate employees between periods of work and periods of furlough, as long as they are furloughed for at least three consecutive weeks at a time. An employer may choose to do this to avoid disputes over which staff are chosen to be furloughed, where it needs some staff to continue working during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.