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.
Notify your employees of your intention to change their status to furloughed using this furlough letter to employees. In order to access the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, employers will need to designate affected employees as ‘furloughed workers’ and notify them of this change. Changing the status of employees remains subject to existing employment law and may require the employee's permission.