What is flexible furlough?

Definition of flexible furlough

Flexible furlough is the name given to the government initiative that enables businesses to bring furloughed workers back to work on a part-time basis while still claiming a percentage of these employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

Important: The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme closed on 30th September 2021. Employers can no longer claim for wages that they paid to furloughed or flexibly furloughed employees when the scheme was in effect.

Since 1st July 2020, furloughed workers - who were previously not allowed to do any work for their employer - have been able to return to work on a part-time basis and retain their furloughed worker status. These employees can return to work for any amount of time and can work any shift pattern.

Employers continue to pay their furloughed employees as normal for the hours they work but can claim furlough pay through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for hours that they do not work as a consequence of the coronavirus crisis.

How to calculate flexible furlough pay

FreeAgent’s furlough calculator can help you calculate how much to claim for employees who work part-time hours under the flexible furlough initiative.

For more information about the support available to businesses during the coronavirus outbreak, take a look at our small business coronavirus hub.

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