Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance updates for week ending 29 May 2020

30 May 2020

Employer guidance has been updated following the announcement by the Chancellor on the future of the CJRS. Ensure you refer to the latest guidance.

What has become a regular occurrence these updates were more expected than most, in that, in the main, they removed outdated text that related to the extension of the CJRS and added key points to reflect the changes that are planned for furlough and the funding available through CJRS .

Workout 80% of your employee’ wages to claim through CJRS – key points:

From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim CJRS grant for their normal hours not worked.

When claiming the CJRS grant for furloughed hours employers will need to report and claim for a minimum period of a week.

The scheme will close to new entrants from 30 June. From this point onwards, employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed for a full 3 week period prior to 30 June.

This means that the final date by which an employer can furlough an employee for the first time will be 10 June, in order for the current 3 week furlough period to be completed by 30 June.

Employers will have until 31 July to make any claims in respect of the period to 30 June.

Also impacted by this same update is:

Employee guidance

Check if you can claim for your employees’ wages through the CJRS

Claim for wages through the CJRS

Reporting employees’ wages claimed through CJRS

Check which employees you can put on furlough to use CJRS – in addition to the key points of changes ahead with furlough and CJRS operation this guidance was also updated to add further detail on CJRS eligibility in cases where TUPE would have applied had the company not been subject to compulsory liquidation

Examples for working out 80% of employees’ wages – corrections have been made to examples 1.5, 1.6 and 3.3


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