Furlough scheme changes: What are the new part-time rules and how is my pay affected?
MILLIONS of furloughed workers in the UK can start returning to work part time from today.
From July 1, bosses can bring back workers for any amount of time and still claim furloughed pay when they are not working.
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That means if you have been furloughed during the last three months, you could be heading back to work, at least for some of the week.
It is a change to the previous rules, under which staff weren't allowed to work for the same company while on furlough, and had to be furloughed for three weeks at a time.
From Wednesday, June 1, employers can claim for any amount of time, but they can only receive the money in seven-day blocks.
When you are working as normal, your employer will be responsible for paying your wages.
But if you are still furloughed for part of the week, the government will pick up the bill for your wages for those hours.
To be eligible for the scheme from July 1 onwards, workers must have been furloughed for at least three consecutive weeks between May 1 and June 30.
They must also have already been enrolled on the scheme before June 10, which is when the chancellor closed it to all new applicants.
The furlough scheme, officially called the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, was launched in March by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to help companies to continue to pay their staff even while their businesses were shut.
More on: www.thesun.co.uk