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Update: The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme came to an end on 30 September 2021. Staff can no longer be placed on furlough. The deadline for claims under the scheme was 14 October 2021, or 28 October 2021 for amendments. 

The information below should, therefore, be regarded as outlining the situation before 30 September 2021. The document templates linked to this page should be regarded as appropriate for use before this date.

'Furloughed' employees are employees who would have otherwise been laid-off during the Covid-19 crisis. Furloughed workers are not people who have been made redundant.

If you have experienced a downturn in business or a closure of business and can't afford to keep paying your staff because of Covid-19, you can seek support under the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all employers in the UK will be able to access support to continue paying part of these employees' salaries, therefore, keeping them on the payroll and avoiding the need to make them redundant. 

These furloughing documents allow you to seek your employees’ permission to furlough them and confirm that and from when they have been furloughed. They also allow you to recall an employee from furlough, when you need them to return to work.

For more information, read Furlough, workforce reduction and managing employees.

You should use the Furlough letter to employees to notify employees of your intention to change their employment status to a 'furloughed worker' in order to access the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. You should send this letter to receive the employee’s permission to change their employment status.

You should the Furlough leave confirmation letter to confirm to employees in writing that their employment statement has now been changed to ‘furloughed’. The Furlough leave confirmation letter should be sent after the employee has consented to having their employment status changes using the Furlough letter to employees.

You should use a Furlough letter for previously furloughed employees when a furloughed employee is to return to work. An employee must have been furloughed for at least 3 weeks before they can be recalled from furlough to be eligible under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

You will need to submit the following details to HMRC through a new online portal, which opened on 20 April 2020:

  • the number of furloughed employees

  • the names of the furloughed employees

  • the furloughed employees’ national insurance numbers

  • the furlough start and end dates

  • your employer PAYE reference number

  • your Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference or Corporation Tax Unique Taxpayer Reference or Company Registration Number

  • the amount you are claiming (per the minimum length of furloughing of 3 consecutive weeks)

  • your bank account number and sort code

  • your contact name

  • your contact number

This document is sometimes also known as Furlough letters

Furlough letter, Furlough agreement, Furlough confirmation, Furlough recall letter, Furloughed employee return to work letter.

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