Can your employer REFUSE furlough?

They may require people to come into work during the pandemic, or have another reason not to sign up to the scheme.

Employers can make people redundant both on and off furlough, as long as their decision is reasonable.

Employers can also fire people who refuse to go on the scheme should they opt-in.

Government advice states: “If your employer asks you to go on furlough and you refuse you may be at risk of redundancy or termination of employment, depending on the circumstances of your employer.”


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