Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme:Written question - 59768

Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 16 June 2020
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what protections are in place to ensure that all furloughed workers are guaranteed to receive the equivalent of the national minimum wage.
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 22 June 2020

Individuals are only entitled to the National Living Wage, National Minimum Wage or Apprentice Minimum Wage for the hours they are working or treated as working under minimum wage rules. Hours spent on furlough are, by definition, not hours spent working.

It should be noted that time spent training while furloughed is treated as working time for the purposes of the minimum wage calculations and must be paid at the appropriate minimum wage rate.

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