The Chancellor has extended the JRS Scheme due to the extension of social distancing restrictions for at least a further 3 weeks.  This means that claims were originally permitted for periods to 31 May 2020 but this has been extended to 30 June 2020.

The online portal for businesses to start filing their claims is due to be fully operational from Monday, April 20th. It will allow businesses to claim 80% of the wages for furloughed staff – up to £2,500 per month.

Which employees can be claimed for: Employees who were on payroll (i.e. on an RTI report) as of 19 March 2020, and have been put on furlough. This can include: domestic employees such as nannies, company directors, agency workers, employees on fixed term or zero hours contracts, foreign nationals (on any type of visa), contingent employees in the public sector and members of limited liability partnerships.

How much do I have to pay the employee: The employee must be paid in accordance with their employment contract (which may be amended by agreement) and they retain their usual rights at work. The employee much be paid at least as much as the gross pay element of the grant received from HMRC but the grant is based on pay in the base period and so will not necessarily match the employee’s gross pay. Minimum wage rules do not apply when an employee is on furlough, other than in respect of hours when they are undertaking training.

When will grants be paid: Within six working days of a claim being submitted.

Is there a deadline for claims: Claims under the current version of CJRS, covering periods up to 30 June, must be made by 31 July 2020.

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