Posted 18/06/2020 In Advice, Blog, News 2020-06-182020-06-18https://www.wrightvigar.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wright-vigar-logo.pngWright Vigarhttps://www.wrightvigar.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wright-vigar-logo.png200px200px 0 0 Further to our previous blog on the phase 2 coronavirus job retention scheme – flexible furlough scheme, here is an update ensuring you are being compliant with the HMRC rulings using minimum furlough periods. Until 1 July 2020, any employees you place on furlough must be furloughed for a minimum of 3 consecutive weeks. When they return to work, they must be taken off furlough. Employees can be furloughed more than once, but they must be furloughed for a minimum of 3 consecutive weeks each time they are furloughed. From 1 July, agreed flexible furlough agreements can last any amount of time. Employees can enter into a flexible furlough agreement more than once. Where a previously furloughed employee starts a new furlough period before 1 July this furlough period must be for a minimum of 3 consecutive weeks. This is the case regardless of whether the 3 consecutive week minimum period ends before or after 1 July. For example, a previously furloughed employee can start a new furlough period on 22 June which would have to continue for at least 3 consecutive weeks ending on or after 12 July. After this the employee can they can then be flexibly furloughed for any period. However, after 1 July, employers cannot make claims that cross calendar months, so the employer will need to make a separate claim for the period up to 30 June. Read HMRC’s guidance in full If you found this update useful please feel free to pass it on and share our social media posts. Please sign up to our mailing list here. Recent PostsCOVID-19 Update – 23 October – Updated Job Support SchemeCOVID-19 Update – 22 October – Plan for Jobs: Additional support to protect jobs and businesses.Preparations for Australia-style arrangements from 1 January.