Your rights when on furlough
If you’re facing the possibility of being furloughed, or you already have been, it’s important that you understand your rights and entitlements. The government provides more information about this here.
4. Can I ask to be put on furlough?
If you're worried about the security of your job, you can ask your employer to consider putting you on furlough. This could help their company keep costs down, whilst making it possible for you to return to work when the coronavirus crisis has calmed down.
However, the decision is ultimately up your employer so they have the right to deny your request to be furloughed.
5. Can I refuse to be put on furlough?
Your employer has the right to decide which employees to put on furlough. It's recommended that they ask for volunteers first, but if enough people don't volunteer, it's up to your employer to decide who should be furloughed.
6. Can I work to boost my income on furlough?
If you're on furlough, although you're not currently working, you are still employed. This means that any rules set out in your employment contract still apply.
Check your contract to see if it allows you to work elsewhere when employed by the company, or contact your employer to check.
Boosting your income and filling your new spare time with another job may sound appealing, but if you break the terms of your existing contract with your employer you risk facing disciplinary action and put your current job at risk.
7. I'm on furlough, can I get help with money?
If you need urgent help with money to pay for food and other essentials, find out what help is available here.
If you're worried about your financial situation as a result of coronavirus, you can find out more about the help available in our coronavirus information hub, which is updated daily with the latest developments.
8. What if I'm not eligible for furloughing?
If you're not eligible for furloughing and aren't being paid at all during this period, you can claim Universal Credit. Read our guide to coronavirus, benefits and statutory sick pay.