Update to guidance on claiming for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

28 April 2020

Guidance relating to how to claim wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been updated to provide further assistance to those making claims for 100 or more furloughed staff.

Employers claiming for 100 or more furloughed staff need to upload a file with certain employee details, which are: their full name, National Insurance (NI) number, payroll number (optional), furlough start date, furlough end date (if known) and the full amount of the claim. The update to guidance confirms that claimants should provide only this information, and any additional but equally, any missing information may result in delayed payment or mean that the claimant is required to provide the information again.

One line should be submitted per employee for the whole period. Calculations should not be broken up into multiple periods within the claim. Data should not be split according to contract type, and the file must be uploaded in either .xls, .xssx, .csv or .ods format.

The guidance also confirms that employers must only provide details for a bank account that accepts BACS payments for their grant to be paid into.


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