If employees are on full furlough, rather than flexible furlough, does the three-week minimum furlough period continue to apply from 1 July 2020?
From 1 July 2020, employers can agree with furloughed employees that they will work part time under a flexible furlough arrangement, but they do not have to do so. Employers can continue to furlough their employees on a full-time basis.
The three-week minimum furlough period applies only to furlough periods beginning before 1 July 2020. There is no minimum furlough period from 1 July 2020. Under the HM Treasury Direction on the operation of the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme from 1 July 2020, there is no difference between the position for employees who remain on full furlough and those who work under a flexible furlough arrangement.