Last updated: 26 June 2020, 09:00

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You can flexibly furlough employees from 1 July. A just-published Treasury Direction sets out the framework.

From 1 July, a flexible furlough scheme is being introduced which means that you can bring back to work employees who have been furloughed before this date for at least three weeks (or who have not been previously furloughed but are returning from statutory maternity and paternity leave) for any amount of time and any shift pattern while still being able to claim a grant for any of the usual hours that they are not working.

Some contribution towards the cost of the scheme will begin from 1 August and the amount of contribution will increase in September and in October until the scheme ends on 31 October.