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COVID-19: Flexible Furlough Agreement - free templates from Lawgistics

Date: Thursday 23 July 2020

It is the suggestion of Lawgistics, the IAAF's legal helpline partner, that employers should ask employees to sign a flexible furlough agreement or to state their acceptance in writing. This will avoid any doubts and ensure compliance with relevant employment laws as well as with the requirements of the furlough scheme.

The suggested template of agreement to put your employees on flexible furlough can be downloaded by clicking on the link for either the Word or PDF version below.

Word document:  http://www.lawgistics.co.uk/media/documents/Flexible%20Furlough%20Agreement.docx 

PDF version:   http://www.lawgistics.co.uk/media/documents/Flexible%20Furlough%20Agreement.pdf

On 25 June the Treasury issued its third Direction covering the flexible furlough scheme. In somewhat of a double turn, the requirement for the employee not to do any work during furlough hours is back. This time an instruction will suffice, instead of an agreement.

Interestingly, the Direction also applies the requirement not to do any work when defining which employees are considered as previously furloughed under the original scheme and may be put on flexible furlough.

The Direction also clarifies that the purpose of CJRS is to continue employment. This raises the question whether notice pay can be claimed through the furlough scheme. It was widely understood a furlough claim could include notice pay. Lawgistics are currently awaiting further guidance on this issue.

Employers are required to keep the furlough agreement or confirmation of the agreement at least until 30 June 2025, this is now a condition of the scheme.