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It’s OK To Volunteer Furloughed Workers Told: But Not For Your Own Organisation!

Sun Apr 05 2020

The Government have released guidance outlining what furloughed workers are allowed to do for the Not-For-Profit sector.

Although charity workers currently furloughed on 80% of their current wage (up to a maximum of £2,500 a month) will be allowed to volunteer during this time of crisis, the Government have made it clear that to avoid abuse of the scheme (known as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme), they won’t then be able to volunteer to work for free for their own organisation.


The aim of the scheme is to allow employers to massively cut back on costs during the current covid-19 crisis by temporarily suspending wage costs for employers until their workers are able to return to their full duties, saving them the difficult choice of making redundancies instead.


HM Revenue & Customs published guidance for employers here >>


It confirms that furloughed employees are more than entitled to take part in volunteer activities (as long as they also don’t clash with other social distancing policies of course) but that the scheme won’t cover ‘volunteers’ providing services or generating revenue for their current employers.


This means an individual could volunteer to help vulnerable people within their own community (which is allowed under current social distancing policies) as long as that activity wasn’t a part of their standard ‘employed’ day to day activities.

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