Can you take another job while on furlough – The Sun

CORONAVIRUS has hit the economy in an unprecedented way with many companies shutting down leaving millions out of work, worrying about when or if they will be able to return.

The Governments furlough scheme will pay up-to 80% of workers earnings during the crisis, but for those who want more security, will you be able to find another job whilst on furlough?

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Can I still work for my employer while I'm on furlough?

Being on furlough means that you will not be able to work for your employer.

However the Government says that you can undertake training or volunteer, subject to public health guidance, as long as you’re not making money for your employer or providing services to them.

Workers must be paid as standard to do required training, even if this is more than the 80 per cent of their wage that will be subsidised.

Please note that any activities undertaken while on furlough must be in line with the latest Public Health guidance during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Your employer can also still make you redundant while you’re on furlough or afterwards.

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.

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Can I work for someone else while on furlough?

Being on furlough means you are still employed under contract 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.

The government are not encouraging people to undertake temporary roles but as-long as you and your employer reach an agreement, it should be okay.

 

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