Claims under the new style CJRS can be made from 1 July

30 June 2020

The online service for making claims relating to the new style Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will be open and available from 1 July 2020.

Employers will be able to submit claims for periods beginning on or after 1 July 2020 from the same date but were not able to do so prior to that point.

From 1 July, employers can place their workers on flexible furlough, meaning that their staff can return to work on a part-time basis if they wish, and the employer can still claim for any of the hours that they would ordinarily work but are not currently working. Employers have the option to leave workers on full furlough if they wish, or to ask them to return to work.

In July, an employer can still claim 80% of an employee’s pay up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for any hours the employee is not working that they would have normally worked, and the associated employer pension and National Insurance (NI) contributions, but from August this will change. In August, the employer will be expected to begin to pay the employer pension and NI contributions for hours that are spent on furlough. In September, the employer will be expected to pay 10% of wages whilst HMRC pay 70%, then from October, the breakdown is 20% for employer and 60% for HMRC. The scheme will then close on 31 October 2020.


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