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How will the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme operate moving forward?

How will the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme operate moving forward?

23rd November 2020 - Published by Kuits Employment team

The Government has now published the fourth Treasury Direction setting out how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will operate between 1 November 2020 and 31 January 2021.

This Treasury Direction provides important clarification on the extended CJRS and the Kuits employment team has set out the main points in this article.

Key Details

1. Employers can no longer claim under the extended CJRS for any day which an employee is serving their notice period between 1 December 2020 and 31 January 2021.

This includes both statutory and contractual notice periods and also employees serving notice of retirement or resignation.

If an employee is currently serving their notice period and a claim has already been made under the CJRS for the 1st December onwards in respect of their notice period an adjustment will need to be made to rectify this.

2. The Coronavirus Job Retention Bonus has been withdrawn.

This will be reviewed again prior to 31 January 2021 to determine if another appropriate bonus scheme should be put in place.

3. HMRC will publish information about employers making a claim under the CJRS in December and January.

The Treasury Direction states that the information published will be:

  • the employer’s name or the qualifying PAYE scheme;
  • the employer’s company reference number if they have one, and;
  • the amount of the CJRS claim made by the employer (HMRC may publish an amount that gives a reasonable indication of the claim rather than the exact figure).

HMRC can withhold this information if publishing it will expose the workforce to a serious risk of violence or intimidation.

4. Furlough agreements must be made before the beginning of the period to which the CJRS claim relates.

The agreement may subsequently be varied to reflect any variation agreed between the employer and employee during the period to which the CJRS claim relates.

How will the extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme impact your employees?

For an earlier analysis of the CJRS by the Kuits employment team and how it might impact your employees please click HERE.

Get in touch with an employment solicitor in Manchester

To speak to an expert 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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