If I resign now and give 4 weeks notice will my current employer still pay me under the furlough scheme?
I would be starting my new job in May as an NHS call handler.
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In your particular situation (call handler at the U.K. National Health I'd first check if you can’t start that new job earlier. Like tomorrow.
Check how much notice your employer has to give you legally / according to your contract. And check if they are decent people. If not, you give notice at the last possible moment (when it’s legally required). If yes, talk to them. Obviously if they want you to work you’ll have to work during your notice period- and get paid. If not, a good employer will put you on furlough.
What is legal is quite unclear at the moment. For example, if your employer puts you on furlough for two months, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to leave without notice (you’re not working anyway).