The latest edition of the Employer's Guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was published yesterday (30 April 2020).

The update has made it clear that "whilst on furlough, employees who are union or non-union representatives may undertake duties and activities for the purpose of individual or collective representation of employees or other workers." This answers a question that many people had been asking, about whether or not it would be a breach of furlough to accompany a colleague during disciplinary or grievance meetings, or redundancy consultations. 

It also states that directors who pay themselves once a year are eligible for furlough, although this is subject to certain conditions.

These are both useful clarifications, which will help businesses further understand how best to utilise the scheme.