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Make UK is the voice of UK manufacturing. Our highly qualified solicitors, barristers and HR professionals give specialist guidance on HR and legal issues. 

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Make UK have prepared two template letters for employees: a Furlough Letter and Work Authorisation Letter.

Furlough Letter

On Friday 20 March, the Chancellor announced a package of “temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19” including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the Scheme). 

Details of the scheme were published on 26 March 2020 and we consider its scope and application in detail in our COVID-19 FAQs. We have also produced a template letter, for employers to use when seeking to put employees on furlough leave under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. This letter is based on the official guidance available as at 27 March 2020 but we may update it again if the Government publishes additional guidance on the operation of the Scheme.

Work Authorisation Letter

In addition, we are aware that staff at some member companies have been stopped on the way to work by police asking if their journey is necessary. To cover this eventuality, we have prepared a template Work Authorisation Letter that could be issued to employees to show to law enforcement agencies on their way to and from work, if questioned.


When using these letters, please note that wording in square brackets will require tailoring to reflect your company’s approach. We have included some brief drafting notes in red text in the Furlough Letter for your information, which should be removed prior to sending this letter to employees

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