Introduction to this document

Letter extending furlough

With the government having extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) until 31 October 2020, if required use our letter to extend furlough for your staff.

Scheme extensions

In mid-April 2020, the government announced that it was to extend the CJRS by one month to reflect continuing social distancing measures, from 31 May 2020 to 30 June 2020. Then, in mid-May 2020, it announced that the CJRS was to be further extended to 31 October 2020 (but, from 1 August 2020, there will be greater flexibility as the rules will be changed to enable you to bring furloughed employees back to work on a part-time basis and you will be asked to start sharing the cost of the scheme – further details on this will be available by the end of May 2020).

Ongoing furlough requirement

If you originally advised your employees that you anticipated furlough would last until 31 May 2020, once you’ve assessed your business position and taken a decision on whether you need to extend it (and for how long), you should write to them confirming this. This is what our Letter Extending Furlough is for. You can continue to use this letter as many times as you need to extend furlough while the CJRS remains in place. The letter confirms the furlough extension and sets out the new anticipated end date for furlough but makes clear that date isn’t definitive as it depends on some factors outside your control. It also confirms that the terms of the furlough arrangement remain as you previously advised the employee and reiterates the current essential CJRS requirement that they mustn’t do any work for you whilst they’re on furlough. This includes any work from home.

New consent?

If you used our Letter Seeking Agreement to Furlough, you will have originally obtained employees’ written consent to furlough. As that request for consent made clear that the anticipated furlough end date wasn’t definitive, and that the furlough may be extended beyond that date, i.e. if the CJRS was extended, you don’t need to go through the process again of seeking employees’ consent to the further furlough period.



Letter extending furlough

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