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Can an employee who does not have a UK contract of employment be placed on furlough under the coronavirus (COVID-19) job retention scheme?

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Published on LexisPSL on 07/04/2020

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

  • Can an employee who does not have a UK contract of employment be placed on furlough under the coronavirus (COVID-19) job retention scheme?

This Q&A takes account of the HMRC guidance for employers: Claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme as at 15 April 2020.

For information on the updates to the HMRC guidance made on 4 April, 9 April and 15 April 2020, see the following News Analysis:

  1. HMRC publishes updated employer and employee guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) job retention scheme

  2. HMRC publishes second update to employer and employee guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme, and

  3. Treasury gives legal effect to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and updates guidance a third time

For information:

  1. on how to determine which system of law is applicable to a contract of employment or employment relationship, see Practice Note: Applicable law—which system of law applies to the con

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