Guidance for Managers 

In order to take advantage of the scheme, and to mitigate the need for redundancies as a result of COVID -19, the University is required to place employees whose work has ceased on temporary "furlough leave" for at least three weeks, and notify them of this change. Employers have to consult with the trade unions and write to employees to seek their agreement to being placed on furlough leave.  The scheme is open initially for three months for the period 1 March 2020 to 31 July 2020, but the scheme can only apply from the date an employee ceased to work.  

The following summarises the main provisions of the scheme:

  • The initial operating period for the scheme is from 1 March to 31 July 2020, but the scheme can only apply from the date an employee ceased to have work
  • Employees are eligible if they are temporarily not working during the coronavirus outbreak and may  otherwise be laid off or made redundant,
  • Furloughed employees must have been on the university PAYE payroll on 21 February 2020, including employees on flexible working arrangements paid via the eClaims system,
  • Employees who joined the University after 21 February are not eligible.
  • Employees who continue working on reduced hours are not eligible.
  • The minimum period of furlough (for reimbursement) is 3 weeks,
  • While it is possible to unfurlough employees or rotate employees in/out of furlough status, the minimum period of furlough (for reimbursement) is 3 weeks,
  • Employees must not undertake any work for the employer while they are furloughed.
  • Since this is a contractual change, collective consultation with the trade unions has taken place, and employees must now agree in writing to be furloughed,
  • Employers will pay their employees and then claim reimbursement from the government, Note. Whilst the scheme provides for 80% of salaries to be reimbursed, the University will  continue to pay staff 100% of their salary (pending review of the scheme arrangements at 31 July 2020)
  • It is possible to ask employees to undertake online training whilst on “furlough leave.”

View the full guidance document HERE