The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ensures employees can still be paid up to 80 percent of their salary while they are able to work. The Government have said this scheme will cover up to £2,500 a month. In order for workers to access the funds, they must be classed as furloughed.
This means they have been asked to stop working because of the pandemic, but are still on the payroll.
A worker can only be classed as furloughed when their employer demonstrably cannot afford to cover wage costs.
The move came as thousands of people were let go when closures were first announced.
How long can I be kept on furlough?
To qualify for the scheme, you should not do any work for your employer while you’re furloughed.
The scheme is set to initially run for a period of three months, which began on 1 March 2020, and is designed to prevent workers from being laid off.
Eversheds Sutherland lawyer Mark Hammerton said: “Our view is that it can apply, but this is not certain.
“Given what the Government…