Update on 13 November 2020 – Amendment to government published guidance.

Guidance published earlier this week by the government in relation to the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) alluded to a change in the rules in relation to those employees who are placed on furlough during their statutory or contractual notice periods.  

The guidance has now been formally amended and states:

“For claim periods starting on or after 1 December 2020, you cannot claim for any days on or after 1 December 2020 during which the furloughed employee was serving a contractual or statutory notice period for the employer (this includes people serving notice of retirement or resignation). If an employee subsequently starts a contractual or statutory notice period on a day covered by a previously submitted claim, you will need to make an adjustment.”

See here for further guidance:


12 November 2020 – The government has published guidance in relation to the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). 

The guidance can be found here:

The Scheme has been extended to 31 March 2021.

We are in the process of creating a new and revised Q&A with everything you need to know about the extended furlough scheme and how it will affect your business. We will let you know when it is live.


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Author: Rafia Ahmad

Senior Solicitor, ESP Law Ltd

Rafia trained and qualified with Wedlake Bell LLP, a London City law firm where she was an employment solicitor for six years before moving to the fast paced trading floor of Cantor Fitzgerald LLP, a London based New York prime brokerage/investment bank as in-house employment counsel. Prior to joining ESP, Rafia was a senior employment solicitor for five years with Backhouse Jones, the UK’s number one national road transport law firm. She advises on all employment matters both contentious and non-contentious including tribunal proceedings.

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