Agreeing to Flexibly Furlough Employees


From 1st July 2020, employers will be able to bring employees back to work for any amount of time, and any work pattern, under the new flexible furloughing rules.


Should you wish to flexibly furlough employees, you will need to agree this with the employee (or reach collective agreement with a trade union) and keep a new written agreement that confirms the new furlough arrangement. You’ll need to:

  • make sure that the agreement is consistent with employment, equality and discrimination laws

  • keep a written record of the agreement for five years

  • keep records of how many hours your employees work and the number of hours they are furloughed (i.e. not working).



A template agreement letter is available here .


Please note: you do not need to place all your employees on furlough and you can continue to fully furlough employees if you wish. Employees cannot undertake any work for you during time that you record as them being on furlough.

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