Need help? Advice during COVID-19 crisis Employment advice What if I am currently on the sick, can my employer furlough me? The current guidance says that you cannot be furloughed if you are receiving SSP. Current guidance suggests that an employer can ‘switch’ you from sick pay to furlough and vice versa. If you are no longer receiving SSP because you are on long term sick leave and you have been on the sick for more than 28 weeks, it would seem that your employer is able to furlough you and claim through the scheme. If you receive contractual sick pay at the end of the 28-week SSP period, your employer should be able to furlough you. Speak to your employer if these situations apply to you. However, an employer is not ‘required’ to furlough employees and you cannot insist that you are furloughed.