The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is fast evolving. This article summarises some key dates that employers need to bear in mind if they wish to make a claim.
If you intend to furlough an employee who hasn’t been furloughed before, you will need to agree that with them and start their period of furlough on or before 10th June – this is the last day on which someone who has never been furloughed before can start a period of furlough and qualify for the scheme – this ensures the minimum three-week period is complete by 30th June.
The scheme will close to anyone who hasn’t been furloughed for 3 weeks by 30th June, so you will only be able to claim for employees after that if they have been furloughed for a full three-week period at any time before the end of June.
You’ll have the flexibility to bring previously furloughed employees back to work part-time, you can decide the hours and shift patterns they work to suit the needs of your business – you’ll pay their wages for the time they’re in work and can apply for a scheme grant to cover any of their normal hours they are still furloughed for.
Also, for periods starting on or after the 1st July, the maximum number of employees you can claim for in any period cannot be higher than the maximum number you have claimed for in a previous period. For example, if your highest single claim for periods up to 30 June was for 100 people, you can’t claim for more than this number in later periods.
You will then have until 31st July to make a claim for any periods of furlough up until 30th
June – this applies to both employees furloughed for the first time and those you have previously furloughed and claimed for.
From 1st August
You will need to contribute towards the wage costs of your furloughed employees until the scheme ends on 31st October.
The CJRS ends.
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