12 May 2020
Rishi Sunak said the furlough scheme would be extended by a further four months with workers continuing to receive 80% of their current salary.
From the start of August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff.
The employer payments will substitute the contribution the government is currently making, ensuring that staff continue to receive 80% of their salary, up to £2,500 a month. Details of how this will be implemented have not yet been announced with details promised by the end of the month.
These details will answer the pressing question that now exists as to whether the current subsidy will still be available in full if employers are not able to ask their employees to return part time. Our initial interpretation is yes but as ever the devil will be in the detail.
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