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Can I furlough my wife (partner)

Can I furlough my wife (partner)

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I run my Practice as a sole trader; I have 3 employees - a semi qualified accountant, a junior bookkeeper and my wife who carries out admin and marketing functions. I hope to be able to keep the 2 accounting staff on to help us keep on top of exieing work and get ahead of the game on Limited Company Accounts and filing. Would it be reasonable to furlough my wife for the time being on the basis that I won't ask her to do any admin or marketing or any other work and she won't come into the office?

For small Limited Companies where husband and wife both get basic salaries (topped up by dividends). The consensus at the moment seems to be the main Director could not be reasonably furloughed because they will still have work and functions to undertake and won't meet the conditions (unless they stop trading completely); however could the other "less active" Director be furloughed so long as it was made clear they could do no work for the business (a letter on file confirming the furlough).

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By lionofludesch
26th Mar 2020 18:23

Is your wife working ?

If no - yes, you can furlough her - and, if you do no work, yourself.

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By SXGuy
26th Mar 2020 18:51

Does the duties of a director constitute work? And by that I mean, directors duties.

As in, directors responsibilities to maintain the operation of a company.

My opinion is it does not. So if a director is not doing any work, then I see no reason why they can't be furloughed. If of course they are. Then no.

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By atleastisoundknowledgable...
26th Mar 2020 20:55

Open house - I am in a very similar position and will be furloughing my wife.

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