Need help? Advice during COVID-19 crisis Employment advice What is the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme? The scheme is promise by the Government to repay employers who do not dismiss their employees if they no longer have any work for them. It means that an employer can ‘furlough’ employees instead of laying them off or making them redundant and the Government will repay the employer 80% of their employees’ wages. Your employer should continue to pay your wages if you are furloughed and they will be able to claim the money back from the Government through HMRC. From 1 August 2020, your employer will be asked to contribute towards the cost of your wages. If your employer chooses to place you on furlough, you will need to remain on furlough for a minimum of 3 consecutive weeks until 30 June. After 1 July, you and your employer can agree that you will be flexibly furloughed. Whilst on furlough, you may still undertake union or non-union representatives duties and activities for the purpose of an individual or collective representation of employees or other workers. However in doing this, you must not provide services to or generate revenue for, or on behalf of your organisation or a linked or associated organisation.