8th April 2020
8th April 2020
The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is the temporary scheme open to all UK employers for a minimum three months from 1st March 2020. It has been created in order to support the workforce of employers (including public authorities) whose operations have been severely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The job retention scheme is designed to protect jobs even if businesses are forced to temporarily close.
Updated on 8th July 2020
In an attempt to encourage businesses to bring furloughed employees back into to the workplace, all businesses will now be paid a Job Retention Bonus of £1,000 for each previously furloughed role that is reinstated. In order to be eligible for the bonus payment, the previously furloughed individual must be continuously employed between November 2020 and January 2021 and earn on average at least £520 per month over this three month period. Further details are awaited from the Government in the coming months.
The flexible furlough scheme is available from 1st July 2020. The Government are scheduled to announce further details on the flexible furlough scheme and how employers should calculate claims on 12th June 2020. What is known is that any furlough period will have to last for at least one week (currently three) and that it will apply only to those who have by 1st July 2020 been on furlough previously (i.e. for at least three weeks).
The deadline to put employees on furlough for the first time ended on 10th June 2020. Employees who are or have previously been on furlough, are eligible to continue until the scheme closes on 31st October 2020. A parent returning to work after their statutory maternity or paternity leave will remain eligible for furlough even if you are being furloughed for the first time after 10th June 2020.
On 8th April 2020 the Government announced that the online portal would be up and running on 20th April 2020 with a guidance note being sent out to employers to advise how to compile claims. They also clarified the following;
If you have any questions or need advice on the implications of the Scheme or any of the below points our employment law specialist Anthony Willis is offering a fixed fee Coronavirus Advice Package. For more information email: AnthonyW@bhplaw.co.uk or call Anthony’s direct dial on (01325) 376503
Questions employers may have include: