Furlough Leave FAQs (Updated 25 June 2020)

You will be aware of the severe impact that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the current restrictions which the Government has imposed, is having on the University of Exeter. The majority of staff have transitioned to delivering services from home, with only essential staff now on campus. In some areas the impact results in work for staff either ceasing to be required in full, or there is a diminishing requirement for the work, and consequently the number of staff who are currently required to carry out that work.

On 20 March 2020, the Government announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This scheme enables employers to access Government funds to reimburse them for specified employment costs for certain employees who have no work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Wherever possible the University continues to “Refocus Resources”, but will continue to utilise the scheme where staff are unable to work as a result of the pandemic.

There have been a number of changes to the Scheme, the most recent being 12th June 2020.   We are now clear that the revised scheme announced on 12th June 2020 will operate until 31st October 20, and the scheme will cease at that point.   Further details can be found in the FAQ’s and guidance for managers. 

Staff who have been placed on furlough leave should be receiving regular communications about these arrangements from their line management.  If you have any queries that cannot be answered by the FAQ’s, you should contact you line manager in the first instance.