Further to our update from this morning dealing with the qualification date change, another important piece of information for employers to take note of, is the requirement to obtain agreement in writing between the employer and the employee of the temporary cessation of work and being placed on furlough.

Practically at the time of furlough's being undertaken, many employers due to the number of employees to deal with may not have confirmed the position individually to each employee, and/or they may not have confirmed clearly enough that the employee will cease to undertake work and must agree to be furloughed.

It is therefore advisable at this stage to go back and ensure that as a business you have validly furloughed your employees, as implied consent and/or no response from an employee could leave a company exposed and unable to recover wage costs under the scheme.

Please do not hesitate to contact Brabners employment team if you need assistance.