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Furlough and NMW

Furloughing an apprentice on NMW

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I am running payroll today.

I have a number of staff furloughed since Tuesday (24th).

In the absence of any detailed guidance on the Job Retention Scheme I plan to pay 100% of the basic wages pro rata for the period 1st to 23rd March and 80% of their basic pay pro rata for 24th to 31st March.

Hopefully when the portal is available I can receive a garnts for the gross basic pay 24th to 31st aswell as er's NI and er's pension.

My query it that one of the furloughed members of staff on the apprentice minimum wage. Do I habve to pay them 100% pay so that I am not breaching NMW regulations?  Or becuase they are not actually working any 'hours' during the furlouged period, is it not applicable ?



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By kestrepo
26th Mar 2020 17:04

The Furlough rules are still to be determined but I very much doubt that the Government are ever going to suggest (or allow) paying any worker under the national minimum wage.

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By timcbaker
26th Mar 2020 18:04

thanks, still not clear then

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