From yesterday, a month earlier than previously announced, employers have the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work on a part time basis.
Individual firms can decide the hours and shift patterns their employees will work on their return, so that they can decide on the best approach for them – and will be responsible for paying their wages while in work.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said:
“Our number one priority has always been to protect jobs and businesses through this outbreak.
“The furlough scheme, which will have been open for eight months by October, has been a lifeline for millions of people and as our economy reopens we want that support to continue.
“Giving firms the flexibility to bring back furloughed workers on a part-time basis will help them work gradually and help them plan for the months ahead.
From August, the level of government grant provided through the job retention scheme will be slowly tapered to reflect that people will be returning to work.
Businesses will be asked to contribute a larger share, but crucially individuals will continue to receive that 80% of salary covering the time they are unable to work.
More information about the changes can be found here.
The government has also announced that businesses who no longer need the CJRS grants they previously claimed have the option to voluntarily return them.
This is in direct response to employers asking how they can return grants voluntarily – and businesses are under no obligation to do this, but should contact HMRC if they want to pay the grant back.