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Job Retention Scheme: Updates

By Adam Pritchard

The COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme is now being updated at the start of every month and we have put together a guide explaining Flexible Furlough and a brief timeline of the changes that are being phased in.

 

Timeline

 

Month

Change

July

Flexible furlough commences

August

In August employers will be asked to contribute to furloughed employees pension and employers NIC

September

In September the grant available will be reduced to 60%

October

In October the scheme is scheduled to end

 

Flexible Furlough: Explained

 

1. Who is eligible to be furloughed under the scheme?

  • Anyone is eligible to be furloughed under the new flexible furlough scheme as long as they meet the following criteria:
    • They were furloughed for a minimum period of three weeks between 1st March and 30th June.
    • The only exceptions to this are parents returning to work from parental leave

2. What is the duration of furlough?

  • From the 1st July you’ll be able to bring back employees part time for any number of hours on any shift pattern and still claim a grant for the number of usual hours they are furloughed.

3. How long are the claim periods?

  • From the 1st July and the beginning of every month thereafter furlough claims must begin and end in line with the calendar month.
  • Claims must be for a minimum period of 7 days
  • Although you can claim up to two weeks in advance if you do and the worker ends up working more than the estimated hours you will be liable to repay the balance of the grant to HMRC
  • You must include all furloughed staff on one claim

4. Calculating the grant

This bit gets tricky and we have resources you can access to help you get to grips with the calculations or alternatively you can speak to us directly.  

You will begin by taking the usual hours worked and subtracting from them the number of hours actually worked to arrive at the number of furloughed hours.  However calculating the “usual hours” isn’t just as simple as multiplying 40 hours by 4 weeks so be sure to seek the advice of a professional if you’re unsure.

 

In Summary

Linford Grey are keeping regularly updated on the changing legislation and how to precisely execute the changes being introduced.  If you have any questions or queries please feel free to get in touch.

 

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