Update: Until 30 September 2021, all employees can be placed on furlough, regardless of whether or not they had previously been furloughed, provided they were on their employer's payroll on 30 October 2020 (for claims ending on or before 30 April 2021) or by 2 March 2021 (for claims on or after 1 May 2021).
Confirm to your employees in writing that they have been furloughed. This Furlough leave confirmation letter is to be sent after your employee has agreed to being furloughed. In order to access the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, employers will need to designate affected employees as ‘furloughed workers’, notify them of this change, and provide written confirmation. Changing the status of employees remains subject to existing employment law.