The scheme is only applicable to those employees who could otherwise lose their job because of the current crisis related to outbreak of Coronavirus. The scheme applies to employees who have been asked by the employer to stop working, but who are being kept on the pay roll, otherwise known as ‘furloughed workers’. HMRC will reimburse 80% of their wages, up to £2,500 per month.
The scheme will cover the cost of wages backdated to 1 March and is initially open for 3 months, but will be extended if necessary.
Those employees who are shielding in line with the public health guidance and receive a letter from NHS confirming they are in the extremely vulnerable group, should contact their Line Manager immediately as they will be eligible to a furlough leave.
More information can be found on the following website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme