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Furlough Scheme extended

Furlough Scheme extended

2nd November 2020 - Published by Kuits employment team

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The CJRS is being further extended until December.  The level of the grant will mirror levels available under the CJRS in August, so the government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500.  Businesses will only be asked to cover National Insurance and employer pension contributions which, for the average claim, accounts for just 5% of total employment costs.  Employers will have flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work on a part-time basis or furlough them full-time.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible under the CJRS employees must be on an employer’s PAYE payroll by 23:59 30th October 2020.  This means a Real Time Information (RTI) submission notifying payment for that employee to HMRC must have been made on or before 30th October 2020.  It is not necessary that the employee has been furloughed previously.

When claiming the CJRS grant for furloughed hours, employers will need to report and claim for a minimum period of seven consecutive calendar days.

Employers should ensure that they have appropriate written records of the agreement reached with employees placed on furlough.

The Job Support Scheme (JSS) which was scheduled to come in on Sunday 1st November, has therefore been postponed until the furlough scheme ends.

Further government guidance is expected shortly.

Get in touch with an employment solicitor in Manchester

To speak to an employment lawyer about the scheme, or if you are considering redundancies or restructuring within your business, contact Kevin McKenna on 0161 838 7851 or email kevinmckenna@kuits.com.

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