Updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)
Further to the extension by the Government of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) a Treasury Direction has now outlined how the scheme will operate between 1st November 2020 and 31st January 2021 (although the scheme is extended until 31st March 2021).
The CJRS will operate which will include the following area of note;
- No claim can be made where the claim period relates to 1 December 2020 or after and a person is serving a contractual or statutory notice period (including notice served because of retirement or resignation). Claims relating to November 2020 can include those serving statutory or contractual notice.
- HMRC will publish employer names, an indication of the value of the claim and, for companies and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs), the company registration number of those who have made claims under the CJRS for the month of December onwards.
- Where an employee ends their maternity leave early to enable them to be furloughed (with the employer’s agreement), they will need to give at least 8 weeks’ notice of their return to work, although shorter notice can be agreed in “certain circumstances”. The employer will not be able to furlough the employee until the end of the 8-week period, or until the date that the employer has agreed they can return to work.
- Any employee made redundant, or who has stopped working for the employer on or after 23 September 2020, can be re-employed and put on furlough. This applies provided the employee was employed on 23 September 2020 and the employer made a PAYE Real Time Information (RTI) submission to HMRC between 20 March 2020 and 30 October 2020, notifying a payment of earnings for that employee.
- Employers can claim under the CJRS before, during, or after they process their payroll as long as the claim is submitted by the relevant claim deadline. No claim can be submitted more than 14 days before the employer’s claim period end date.
- When making a claim, the employer does not have to wait until the end date of the previously made claim and can claim more than 14 days in advance of the pay date (for example, if the employer pays in arrears).
- The Coronavirus Job Retention Bonus has been withdrawn given that the purpose of it has been superseded by the extension of the CJRS.
Further guidance will be published in shortly regarding how the CJRS will operate after 31st January 2021.
Revised Furlough Claim Deadline Dates
Finally, employers should also be aware of the revised deadlines in which claims for furlough payments should be submitted. This is as follows;
|Month of Claim for Furlough days||Submission deadline date|
|November 2020||14 December 2020|
|December 2020||14 January 2021|
|January 2021||15 February 2021|
|February 2021||15 March 2021|
|March 2021||14 April 2021|
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