Please make sure you run this past your HR specialist or solicitor before sending.
Dear [EMPLOYEE NAME],
[NI NUMBER AND/OR PAYROLL NUMBER]
The purpose of this letter is to formally notify you that your position as [INSERT] on the [XXX DEPARTMENT] is being closed temporarily due to the downturn in business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Your last official day of work will be [INSERT DAY]. Your salary and benefits will continue at their current level during the furlough period. Please understand this action in no way reflects dissatisfaction with your job performance.
The length of this furlough is [INSERT FUTURE DATE OR ‘UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME’].
We will provide regular information as the current pandemic unfolds and if and when we return to normal working routines.
A furlough is a short-term temporary leave of absence. The furlough period and provisions may be changed or terminated at the sole discretion of the Company, and does not create any employment contract, express or implied.
During the furlough period, your pension and other benefits will continue [IF APPLICABLE].
Thank you for your contributions to the business and if I can offer assistance in any way, please contact me.