My employer has drastically reduced my hours? Can I be furloughed?21st April 2020
The Coronavirus Job Retention scheme only covers you if you’re not working. If you’re working from home you should get your normal pay from your employer.
Both the employee and employer should take note that if an employee is still working (even if pay and hours are reduced) then the employer cannot furlough them and claim the government grant under the scheme. Even tasks such as basic administration, replying to customer care emails or briefing colleagues with handover information are services. Even if these tasks are not revenue generating, they may count as work. Furloughed employees can’t provide services for their employer even if it’s in a different role, unless the official advice changes.
Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
See COVID-19 Government guidance for employees
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