Here are some important reminders:
- HMRC will not be contributing to the employer NICs or employer pension from 1st August
- If furloughed you must still continue to pay at least 80% of salary up to the cap of £2,500
- As far as we are aware flexible furlough will continue to be available throughout until the scheme ends in October
Full updates and information can be found on the UK Government website
Here is a quick summary for some of the changes to the Corona virus Job Retention Scheme:
- A major change to the scheme is that after 1 July, furloughed employees can be brought back to work part-time. This can be for any amount of time and any shift pattern while they can be furloughed for the remaining period. Meaning, they are able to claim CJRS grant for the hours not worked. However, this only applies to employees who have been previously furloughed, though can be applied to those returning to work for the first time after a period of parental leave.
- From 1 July, only employees who have been furloughed will be eligible for further grants. Employers will have until 31 July to make any claims for claim periods up to 30 June.
- Employers will also only be able to claim for a certain number of employees. This is down to the individual employer and is based on the number of employees which were already furloughed by 30 June 2020.
- The guidance states that for furlough claims up to 30 June, if an employee is working, but on reduced hours, or for reduced pay, they will not be eligible for the scheme.
- From 1 August, the level of the grant will be slowly reduced and from 1 September, employers will need to contribute towards the cost of furloughed employees’ wages.
- The guidance states that employers will still need to pay National Insurance and pension contributions on furloughed employees’ pay.
As a reminder the final date by which an employer could furlough an employee for the first time, was the 10 June.
Full details of this update to the scheme can be found on the follow Government website.
- As an authorised agent, we can act on your behalf for any Job Retention Claim. If we already manage your businesses payroll, we will already hold all the relevant information needed for your claim. So as long we are engaged to do so, we will be able to help in your claim.
- If we currently don’t manage your payroll, we can still deal with this for you.
- Also, why not speak to us today, to see if we can help your business by managing your payroll on your behalf.