There has been some confusion as to which groups of workers can be placed on furlough under the government’s 80% of wages JoB Retention Scheme. For example, we have had reports of workers who have been instructed to isolate themselves for 12 weeks, due to underlying health conditions, being told that they are only entitled to SSP rather than being placed on furlough. The government has now made clear who can be placed on furlough under the job retention scheme.
As well as those who have been laid off, the following groups of workers can be furloughed and receive 80% of their pay under the scheme:
employees who are shielding themselves for 12 weeks in line with public health guidance.
Caring for someone who is shielding
If you need to stay at home with someone who is shielding you can claim under the scheme.