Popping into my inbox at the end of yesterday afternoon, and also no doubt to my clients inboxes was HMRC's regular Covid-19 support newsletter
One section in particular caught my attention
If you have furloughed employees because of the effects of coronavirus on your business, you can claim under the CJRS for periods of paid leave they take while on furlough, including for bank holidays. You should not place employees on furlough just because they are going to be on leave.
If your employee is furloughed for only some of their hours, you can count all time taken as holiday as furloughed hours, rather than working hours. This means you can currently claim for 80% of your employee's usual wages when they're on leave.
In line with the Working Time Regulations, if a furloughed employee takes holiday you should make sure you are calculating the correct holiday pay, and not simply continuing to pay the 80% you receive through the CJRS. You may need to top up your employees’ pay to 100% of their normal hourly rate or salary. For more information search 'check if you can claim for your employees' wages' and ‘holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus’ on GOV.UK."
My interpretation of this is if an employer has flexi furloughed their employees (and the employer has complied with the relevant t's and c's), even though they would have the day off on bank holiday anyway, the employer can claim furlough for these days anyway? Thats my interpretation, and no doubt some of my clients will try to claim this, is this correct that someone who would have had the day off on bank holiday's can be classed as furloughed that day.
Would be great to hear others interpretations