The BBC, PACT and furloughing

The BBC

If you have been told that you are not eligible for furloughing by the BBC and you think you may actually be then email the central HR function on this email address:

BBCFreelancers@bbc.co.uk

They have confirmed that they have a special team dealing with queries and will get back to you with 48 hours.

PACT companies

If your company is a member of PACT and they have told you that they will not be furloughing you based on PACT’s recommendations please note that that guidance has now CHANGED.

The new guidance can be found via the attached link and essentially says that ALL PAYE workers can be furloughed as long as they were on the payroll on 28th February.

They can be or have been on ANY type of contract including full-time, part-time or on flexible or zero-hour contracts and also covers employees made redundant since 28th February 202 if they are re-hired.

Fixed term workers on a contract ARE also covered as well as those who hadn’t yet received a contract but had been put on the payroll.

Crucially ALL laid off workers can be rehired including those whose contract came to a natural end. Companies can just rehire then and furlough them.

Note the answers to these questions:

Q. What if I laid off employees over the past few weeks, before this support Scheme was announced. Can I re-employ these individuals for the sake of furloughing them?
A. Yes. Employers can agree to re-employ employees made redundant from 28th February 2020 and place those employees on furlough instead. Employers will be able to claim a grant to cover 80% of the employee’s monthly earnings, up to a monthly cap of £2,500.

Q. If an employee is on a fixed term contract that runs across 28th February 2020 and that contract and the work they were doing was due to come to a natural end after 28th February 2020, can I re-employ this individual for the sake of furloughing them?
A. Yes. Because these employees are on the payroll on 28th February 2020 they are eligible for furloughing under the Retention Scheme.

SO if you have been rejected by your company on the basis of the old PACT guidelines, go back to them now and let them, know the guidelines have changed and you may well fit the new criteria.

Here are the new guidelines to refer them to.