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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Letter offering to extend furloughed employee's fixed-term contract

Author: Katie Barnes-Monaghan

When to use this model fixed-term employment letter

Use this model HR letter to extend a fixed-term employee's contract for a further fixed term on the same or similar terms where the contract comes to an end while the employee is furloughed.

Warning: From 30 June 2020, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme closes to new entrants and employers will be able to furlough only those employees who have already been furloughed for at least the minimum furlough period of three weeks up to 30 June 2020. This means that the last date on which an employee could be furloughed for the first time was 10 June 2020, although there is an exception to the furlough cut-off date for employees returning from family-related leave (ie statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental or parental bereavement leave). Only those employers that have already furloughed employees will be able to claim under the scheme from July onwards. See Future developments for more on the gradual winding down of the furlough scheme.

For a letter offering to extend a fixed-term contract for an employee who has not been furloughed, see Letter offering to extend a fixed-term contract.