COVID-19: guidance on furlough, annual leave and Bank Holidays

Please Note: All information correct at time of writing on 7 April 2020. We do our very best to make sure our information is as up to date as possible, but we’d encourage you to check out our latest articles and to check the government website for updates as they happen.

We’re still waiting for clarification from the government on the relationship between annual leave and furlough. The original guidance issued on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was completely silent on the question of holidays.

This leaves employers in the difficult position of having to make decisions about their employees’ holidays, and in particular the forthcoming Bank Holidays, without knowing how this may affect furlough periods and their right to claim a furlough grant.

Our experts have explored the government’s guidance and outlined potential options in light of the government’s continued silence on the relationship between furlough, annual leave and Bank Holidays in this exclusive free guide.

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