CORONAVIRUS has forced companies across the UK to shut down putting millions of staff on furlough – but can you still work at the same time?
Under the furlough scheme, workers can get 80 per cent of their earnings paid by the government, up to a cap of £2,500 a month.
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These scheme went live on April 20 but pay could be backdated to March 1.
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said that the furlough scheme will be wound down, coming to a close at the end of October.
And from today, new flexibility means that staff can work part-time while they are furloughed.
Here's what you need to know:
Can I still work for my employer while I'm on furlough?
Millions of furloughed workers can start returning to work part time from today.
This means that if you have been put on furlough at any point in the past three months, your bosses can ask you to come in if there is work to be done.
This is a change to the previous rules, which said you couldn't work for the same company while on furlough, and that you had to be furloughed for three weeks at a time.
Your employer has to pay your wage in full for the days that you work.
But if you are furloughed for part of the week, the government will continue to pay 80 per cent of your wages for those hours.
To be eligible for the scheme, you must been furloughed for at least three consecutive weeks between May 1 and June 30.
Your employer can still make you redundant while you’re on furlough or afterwards.
If you're struggling, you may also be eligible for support through the welfare system including Universal Credit.
You can read more about what furlough means here, and when you'll be paid if you've been furloughed here.
Can I work for someone else while on furlough?
Technically you can get another job while on furlough – as long as your boss doesn't mind.
Being on furlough means you are still employed by your employer, which means you could be in breach of contract if you do accept a new role.
But if you do want to take on some temporary work, you should contact your HR department or boss to see if the terms of your contract can be re-negotiated to allow you to do so.
Some of the millions of Britons on furlough have been asked to take a second job picking fruit and vegetables.
Thousands have already signed up to the Feed the Nation scheme, many of them with no previous experience of agricultural work.
They are in highest demand in key farming regions including Kent, Worcestershire and the East of Scotland.
But fruit-picking is just one of many jobs where workers are urgently needed to keep the country ticking over.
Packers, postal workers, delivery drivers, shelf-stackers and warehouse staff are among the other roles that urgently need to be filled.
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