apologies if this has been asked before or if i am being naive. Does anyone know if the employer must pay the salary to the furloughed employee before making claim to be reimbursed by the Gvnt, or can the employer not pay salary and then make a claim for payment by Gvnt? i am reading the HMRC guidance but is not clear and they are using conflicting temrs (reimbursemnt, expect grants to pay employees, etc). supposedly this scheme is for employers that send employees home because they cannto pay them. thanks.