The government has provided some clarification on the relationship between furlough and annual leave.
The Easter bank holidays falling shortly after the introduction of the scheme raised practical issues for employers who were furloughing their staff. This is reflected in the most popular FAQs on XpertHR in April.
HM Revenue and Customs has now included information on annual leave for furloughed employees in an updated version of its guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). However, the question of whether an employer can require employees to take annual leave during a period of furlough remains uncertain.