Following the government’s announcement that the Job Retention Scheme (or Furlough Scheme) has been extended to March 2021, it has now been confirmed by HMRC that an employer can re-employ an employee if they have been made redundant by their employer or stopped working for their employer.

The employee must have been on the payroll on 23rd September 2020 and either been made redundant or stopped working after that date.


Employers should check their records to see if any employees are eligible for the scheme.  If any employees are ‘brought back’ working hours should be agreed so that the employee knows what hours will be used for the furlough payment

HOWEVER! There is one vital question that needs to be clarified and, as I write, there doesn’t seem to be an answer.  If an employee was made redundant and paid redundancy money what is the situation regarding that payment??

Further details on eligibility are promised in due course and I get daily updates on further details so hopefully this question will be answered soon so that employers can make decisions.

As always please feel free to contact Ray Howard of QHR Solutions if you have any queries.