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Attending work meetings during furlough

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Attending work meetings during furlough

Whilst on furlough, employees cannot work for or on behalf of their employer. Guidance says work is any work that:

  • makes money for the employer or any organisation linked or associated with the employer
  • provides services for the employer or any organisation linked or associated with the employer

 Volunteer work and training are allowed. 

Attendance at meetings with employers

There is a big question hung over attendance at meetings with employers – in particular disciplinary and consultation meetings.

Guidance issued on 30 April 2020, clarified that union or non-union representatives who are on furlough, are not working if they accompany an employee to a meeting. This also includes undertaking duties and activities for the purpose of collective representation. They cannot provide services to generate revenue for or on behalf of the employer, or a linked or associated organisation.

This clarifies the position for the companion, but not for the employee themselves. By analogy, however, it would seem the employee being consulted can attend and won't break furlough. This is provided that they do not provide services to generate revenue for or on behalf of your organisation or a linked or associated organisation. 

We hope this will be clarified soon.

 

I’m working from home, but available to talk if you need me. If you have a question, I’d much rather you ask it and we spend some time having a free chat, than not. 

There are enough things to worry about at the moment; don’t let that niggle be one of them – get in touch. I can be contacted on 01206 217318 or julie.temple@birklettlong.co.uk.

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