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My child is on a zero hours contract; are they entitled to be furloughed?

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If your child is on a zero hours contract and they are taxed through PAYE, then they should be entitled to be furloughed. Their 80% payment will be based on the higher of:

  • The amount they earned in the same month a year ago; OR
  • Their average earnings over the last 12 months if they have worked there for 12months. If they haven’t then it will be calculated using their average earnings over the amount of time they have worked for the company.

Your child will need to discuss furlough with their employer, or the relevant agency where applicable. If they are put on furlough, they won’t be able to do any work for their employer or on their behalf until the furlough ends.

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