Do employees have a right to be furloughed?

No, employees do not have a right to be furloughed. It is for employers to decide whether or not to place an individual employee on furlough. Employers should base the decision on the needs of the business but should also take account of the personal circumstances of the employee, where relevant. Employers must ensure that their decisions are not discriminatory. They must also keep in mind the implied duty of mutual trust and confidence, so must make sure that their decisions are not unreasonable or unfair.