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It is difficult for employers to give firm commitments regarding return from furlough.
Currently furlough is due to end on the 31st October.
Employers can inform employees to return to work with very short notice. Legally, there is no minimum time to be informed to return. However is should be reasonable notice which would mean 48 hours. Notice should be given in writing which includes email.
Yes you can ask your employer to consider cancelling the paternity leave and to keep you on furlough. They can consider the request, but do not have to grant it.
Again the current furlough runs until the end of October. Then unless the government implements something new, or continues furlough, employers will either have to restart work with their employees or consider alternatives, such as redundancies or agreed unpaid leave.
When you say you had to teach your line manager your work, did you do that whilst on furlough?
Thank you for confirming.
If you carried out ANY work for the employer whist actually on furlough, then the employer could be guilty of tax fraud. NO employee was allowed to carry out ANY work whilst on furlough.
Answering a call, may be a very fine grey area but possibly still not allowed.
You could report that matter to HMRC if you choose to.
But currently, with regards ***** ***** situation, the request is at the discretion of the employer.