COVID 19 – FAQ’s on Furlough Leave
Our FAQ’s have been updated below to answer further questions you may have about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Furlough Leave.
Can I take annual leave during Furlough Leave?
We know many of you have contacted us with questions about your holidays and your entitlement during Furlough Leave. This is still an area that we are waiting further clarification on from the Government. Although ACAS has updated its guidance to state that employees can request to take leave during furlough, we are not yet clear of the impact this could have on claiming a grant for a period of Furlough Leave under CJRS. It is also not clear if holidays during Furlough Leave would be paid at 80% or 100%. As soon as we receive further guidance on annual leave, we will communicate this to you.
What will I get paid?
For salaried employees (both full and part time), you will receive 80% of your gross salary as at 28 February 2020, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month (subject to statutory tax, NI and pension contributions).
If your pay varies from month to month, we will pay you the higher of these two calculations:
- earnings for the same month in the previous year or your average monthly earnings from the 2019-2020 tax year, up to £2,500 per month.
If you have not been employed for 12 months, we will calculate your pay using your average monthly earnings since your employment began.
By agreeing to be placed on Furlough Leave you have waived any entitlement to further remuneration during this period of leave.
Please note that we have a large number of enquires on pay at the moment. We do understand that you may be confused about how your pay has been calculated. Please bear with us whilst we work through these and communicate our response through HR. Our utmost priorities at the moment are ensuring that staff are paid what they are eligible for and avoiding redundancies.
We are still in the process of completing our application through the CJRS therefore we have not received any funding at present to cover your wages as we will have to claim this back from HMRC. If you are opted in to pension automatic enrollment, your minimum employer pension contributions will be paid in the normal way.
Who can I contact whilst I am on Furlough?
Please ensure that HR (HR@malhotragroup.co.uk) has up-to-date contact details for you so that you may be contacted during Furlough. If you become sick while on Furlough, you are required to notify HR of your absence. This information will then be sent to payroll for processing your pay.
These FAQ’s are correct as of 9 April 2020. Please see website for further updates.