Furlough and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Extending or ending furlough

Employers can download letter templates for extending or ending furlough agreements.

Extending furlough

Furlough can be extended by going through the process of putting someone on furlough again. Any agreement to extend should be put in writing.

Download a furlough extension letter template.

Ending furlough

Employers should regularly review furlough agreements to see if staff can be put on flexible furlough or return to work full time.

It can help employers to consider:

  • which job roles and skills are needed in the workplace
  • if all staff are needed back at the same time
  • if any staff might be kept on furlough because they're temporarily unable to work, for example if they're caring for someone or have been advised by their doctor to stay at home

To end furlough, employers should give staff notice in writing.

There's no minimum notice period for furlough, but employers should:

  • talk to staff about any plans to end furlough as early as possible
  • encourage staff to raise any concerns or problems about returning to work

Download a letter template to end furlough.

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