If an employee has more than one job, can they be furloughed in one and continue to work in the other?
Note: The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme closed on 31 October 2020 and has been replaced by the Job Support Scheme from 1 November 2020. The last date on which employers can submit or amend claims for employees furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is 30 November 2020.
Yes, if an employee has more than one job, they can be furloughed by one employer and continue to work for another. The furloughing employer's claim under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will not be affected by the fact that the employee has another job. The only exception is where the two employers are connected. An employer can claim for an employee's wages under the scheme only if they do not do any work for the organisation or any connected employer while they are on furlough.
Prior to 1 July 2020, an employee that has two separate contracts with the same employer cannot be furloughed in one job and continue working in the other, as the employee must cease all work for the organisation. From 1 July 2020, a furloughed employee can work on a flexible, part-time basis for their employer (known as flexible furlough). The employer could therefore use a flexible furlough arrangement to allow an employee to return to work in one job but remain furloughed in the other.