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New guidance makes clear that those unable to work due to caring responsibilities can be furloughed by their employer

Monday 6th April 2020


New guidance issued by the government on 4 April makes clear that employees who are unable to come to work due to caring responsibilities resulting from Covid-19 can be furloughed by their employer.

Originally it was thought that a worker could only be furloughed if there was no work for them to do and not where they were unable to attend their work or other reasons.

However, the revised guidance makes clear that this has now been extended to those unable to come to work due to caring responsibilities.

This means that if you are unable to work because you are caring for a child at home or because you are shielding a vulnerable household member, you might be able to get 80% of your wages paid via the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

However, for this to happen your employer needs to agree to furlough you. They cannot be forced to do so if they don't want to.

The revised guidance is available at the gov.uk website.