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.

  • Are you sure the new job will be there then? Is it some industry benefitting of the crisis? Commented Apr 3, 2020 at 7:41
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    At the very least, you're going to have to tell us which country you're in. Commented Apr 3, 2020 at 7:41
  • Don't resign. You won't get paid furlough (unless your former employer really really likes you). And your new employer will just delay your starting date indefinitely (unless it's a hospital or something). Just browse this forum, it's riddled with people that had job offers rescinded or postponed indefinitely after having given notice to their current employer. Commented Apr 3, 2020 at 7:57
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    Does this answer your question? Am I eligible to be placed on furlough after resigning?
    – Dave3of5
    Commented Apr 3, 2020 at 7:58
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    Apologies I am in London and the job is a nhs 111 call handler
    – Slimmas
    Commented Apr 3, 2020 at 9:09

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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).

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