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    AvatarRuth
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    This is a complaint that the information given on this website is incomplete and consequently misleading.  The website states that employees are eligible for furlough pay if they were on the payroll on 19 March 2020.  This is not true.  I was on my employer’s payroll from 16 March but I do not receive furlough pay because I was not on the company payroll when it was run in February 2020.  The crucial date for eligibility for furlough pay, when you work for an employer who pays staff monthly, is NOT 19 March as shown on this website, but the date of the PREVIOUS MONTH’S payroll.

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    Annie ThorpeAnnie Thorpe
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    Hi Ruth,

    Our information is correct – however, if you are paid monthly, you may have worked during March but not been eligible for furlough.

    The payroll is not by February/March – it’s 19th March as long as the employee has had their RTI submission from accounts to HMRC by that date. That means that someone starting in the beginning of March may not be eligible for furlough if they are paid monthly – because RTI submissions are usually completed only a few days prior to payday. The full Government advice is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-which-employees-you-can-put-on-furlough-to-use-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

    So, you could’ve started on 1st March (or even at the end of February, if your first week’s pay was rolled onto March’s pay) and still not be eligible.

    You say you were on the payroll on 16th March; had your RTI been submitted by then, or did you start your job on that date? If the latter, you wouldn’t be eligible (unless the RTI had been submitted prior to 19th March which, if you’re paid monthly, is unlikely). If the former, you ARE eligible for furlough if your employer is choosing to use the scheme.

    Originally, the advice was 28th February as the cut-off, but this was revised in March to the 19th March RTI date to reflect the number of people left out of the scheme. (see here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/furlough-scheme-cut-off-date-extended-to-19-march)

    I hope that helps!

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