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Furloughed Workers and Holiday Entitlement

The Government announced the extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme on the 12 May 2020.  The current scheme will continue in force until 31 October 2020 and with around 935,000 employers choosing to furlough employees in the UK , concerns have been raised  about  the accrual of up to eight months’ worth of holiday whilst being furloughed and the future practical and financial impact of this when eventually those employees return to work or their employment ends. Another concern relates to those returning former employees who would otherwise have been excluded from the furlough scheme because they had changed jobs and the Government subsequently allowed to be voluntarily re-employed and then furloughed to mitigate hardship. They too acquire holiday entitlement.

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