Martin Lewis clears up who can go back to their old employer to get furlough

People who were on their former company’s payroll on the 28th of February can be furloughed by that company, even if they have left the job, Martin Lewis revealed this evening. This includes if they left the job for another job which then did not happen due to COVID-19.


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A woman said: “I left a job on the 17th and was due to start a new job.”

She has contacted her old employer and asked to be furloughed by them.

She said: “They said no, because I wasn’t made redundant and I wasn’t on unpaid sick leave.”

Martin explained: “The guidance states that if you were on the pay on 28th of February, after they can rehire you and furlough you the same applies if you left your job to start a new job which hasn’t happened due to coronavirus.”

He added: “About an hour ago I got the confirmation I’ve been pushing for.

“You can go to your employer with that and say it is legal you can reemploy me, I am not working due to coronavirus and therefore you can reemploy me and furlough me.

“Employers don’t have to do this, but now we have got rid of one of the barriers.”

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Martin pointed his Twitter how Britons can speak to their former employer to ask to be reemployed and furloughed.

A government spokesperson told Money Saving Expert: “he Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is aimed at those who would otherwise be unemployed as a result of coronavirus. It allows for those who were on the payroll of a company on 28 February but subsequently left to be put back on payroll and furloughed.

“This includes those who have resigned to start a new job after 28 February.

“They may return to their old employer but decisions around whether to offer to furlough someone are down to the individual company.”

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