Update: Wednesday 10th June is the last date that employers can place employees on furlough for the first time and still access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The Scheme will close to new entrants on 30th June. Employees are only eligible for furlough pay if they have been placed on furlough for 3 consecutive weeks before the date of closure.
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.