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Can a company implement a ‘furlough rota’ for staff under the coronavirus (COVID-19) job retention scheme, so that there are two teams working alternate weeks in the same role, with employees placed on furlough for the non-working periods?

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Published on LexisPSL on 31/03/2020

The following Employment Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Can a company implement a ‘furlough rota’ for staff under the coronavirus (COVID-19) job retention scheme, so that there are two teams working alternate weeks in the same role, with employees placed on furlough for the non-working periods?
  • Update (15 April 2020)

UPDATE: Since this Q&A was first published on 31 March, the HMRC guidance for employers: Claim for your employees’ wages through the coronavirus job retention scheme and guidance for employees: Check if your employer can use the coronavirus job retention scheme (first published on 26 March) has been revised on 4 April, 9 April and 15 April 2020. For information on the position as at 15 April 2020, see: Update (15 April 2020) below.

The government published two sets of guidance on 26 March:

  1. guidance for employer

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