COVID-19: Furlough Scheme – Bank Holidays

COVID-19: Furlough Scheme – Bank Holidays

Following the recent Bank Holiday weekend, we have received a lot of questions about what happens to pay and annual leave entitlement if you have furloughed employees.

In the absence of any official guidance from the HMRC on this matter, we would advise that if bank holidays are included in an employee's holiday entitlement under their contract, then you would need either to pay the employee in full for bank holidays that fall during the period of furlough, or to allow the employee to take a day's annual leave at a later date.

If your contracts of employment do not give an employee entitlement to bank holidays off, then a bank holiday will have no effect on their pay during the furlough, or on their annual leave entitlement.

We are continuing to review guidance from the government and HMRC as it is published and will send you a further update if any official guidance is released on this matter.

COVID-19 Document Pack

We understand that this is a difficult and high pressured time for many business owners. To help our clients through this period, we have produced a COVID-19 document pack that contains policies, safety checklists and template letters that will assist you in remaining compliant with employment law.

The pack contains:

  • Controlling infectious diseases in the workplace policy
  • Workplace safety checklist
  • Letter to place employees on furlough
  • Letter to end a period of furlough (either permanently or temporarily)
  • Letter to confirm an employee who wasn’t previously eligible for the Job Retention Scheme is now being placed on furlough

If you would like to receive a copy of this document pack, please get in touch using the details below.

 +44 (0)1522 370190 | +44 (0)20 7110 0006+44 (0)1482

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