It might feel like an award conversation talking about what happens next with furlough. You may want to have a conversation with your employer to ask about your pay, your working hours, or to know where you stand and whether there's a risk you might be made redundant.

We've worked with an employment lawyer to make the templates below - which we hope will help you start those conversations with your employer. This is a difficult and stressful time for everyone - but don't forget, you're allowed to ask your employer questions to know where you stand and be able to make plans for the future.

So don't feel worried about approaching your employer with questions - and if you want to have a conversation with an Organise staff member to ask for extra advice or support, we're always here to help!

  • Conversation starter 1: Asking your employer to top up to full pay:

I have now been on furlough since [insert date]. This has had a financial impact on me as I have been earning [insert amount] less each month. Given that you have been able to claim back my furlough pay from the government, I was hoping that you might be able to top up my pay to full pay for the rest of the furlough period. This would be a massive help to me [and my family] to help see me through these difficult times. I would be very happy to have a call to discuss this further with you.

[If your employer refuses to top up your pay, we would recommend talking to one of our approved employment lawyers about whether you might be able to make a claim for unlawful deduction of wages.]

  • Conversation starter 2: Asking your employer about part time working:

I have now been on furlough since [insert date]. I understand that from 1 July the government is allowing employers to employ employees on a part time basis. I would really like to get back to work and so was wondering whether we could have a call to discuss what this would look like? In particular, the work that I could do on a part time basis is [insert description of work you could do and how much time this would take].

As the furlough scheme comes to an end, depending on your employer's financial situation, they may be looking to make redundancies. If your employer invites you to a redundancy consultation meeting, please have a look at our redundancy help section for support.

If you have any questions about the information above and would like to speak to an Organise staff member directly, use this link to send us a message and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.