What is flexible furlough?

From 1 July 2020, employers can agree flexible furlough arrangements with employees instead of full furlough. Under a flexible furlough arrangement, employees can work some of their normal working hours and be furloughed for the hours that they do not work.

The employer must pay the employee for the hours they have worked and can claim under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for the hours that the employee has not worked while furloughed (the minimum claim period is seven days).

Employers must agree the arrangements for flexible furlough with employees individually or under a collective agreement, and keep a written record of the agreement.

Employees cannot be placed on flexible furlough (or full furlough) from 1 July 2020 unless they have been furloughed for a minimum of three consecutive weeks in the period from 1 March 2020 to 30 June 2020 (subject to exceptions for employees returning from statutory parental leave or mobilisation as a military reservist).