Furlough status (for periods lasting less than 3 weeks)
As you will be aware, from 1st July there is no longer a 3 week minimum furlough period requirement. We have staff members who are being furloughed on a rota basis, i.e. working for 3 weeks then being furloughed for 2 weeks. This is to spread the workload fairly among the team and avoid having to bring more staff back on flexible furlough which sounds great in theory but in practice is rather complex.
Furlough periods in Fourth are still set up to be 3 weeks long as a minimum. When I try to set a furlough period for less than 3 weeks, the system won't allow it and I get an error message saying the furlough period must last at least 3 consecutive weeks.
Please can you advise on or devise a solution to this? I want to keep track of furlough status on the staff member's Fourth profile, but the functionality as it is will not allow that.
Thanks for your question!
We recommend to keep an active furlough period open as the 3 week minimum will unfortunately not be changing at this stage.
Please refer to these previous discussion threads for further guidance on how to proceed in this instance:
Furlough Status re Flexible Furlough
Flexible Furlough Status Update
Please do let us know if you have any further questions.
Thanks for your reply.
Unfortunately leaving a furlough period open when it's not actually active in practice is not going to help us as a business to track who is and isn't on furlough.
Due to the complexities of flexible furlough, we are instead choosing to keep staff on furlough full-time but rotating among team members. Some will be on furlough for 2 weeks then return to work - so keeping an active furlough period open for 3 weeks is not going to be useful at all.
Are there no plans for Fourth to remove the 3 week minimum period from 1st July?
The reason why we currently have no plans to remove the validation is due to the possible impact on flexible employee's holiday calculations when they're working reduced hours. We are currently working on a solution where, if an employee comes back to work reduced hours, and have an active furlough status, those hours won't be included in the calculation so it won't reduce their total allowance.
However, with the details of your concerns and how it will affect your reporting, i'll have a look to see if there's anything we can do to help.
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