Another update I hear you cry about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)! Last night the government published the full guidance of the CJRS. We won’t go through what we have already communicated, you can find that information here. However, we do see some key points that stand out that you will need to know!
- The government are going to review whether employers can use the furlough scheme during contractual or statutory notice after 1 December 2020. Under the original CJRS you could use it, however, interestingly, under what was the Job Support Scheme (JSS) you couldn’t. Further guidance will be published in “late November”.
Those who want to use the furlough scheme during notice (contractual or statutory) will have to give notice before 1 December 2020 as it currently stands.
- Another point to draw your attention to is that HMRC have confirmed that they will publish those employers who make a claim under the scheme for the month of December onwards.
- An urgent issue to address for those who haven’t been furloughed before is getting an agreement in place. Flexible Furlough Agreements can be back dated to 1 November 2020, however, this must be done by 13 November 2020. This Friday!! Get in touch to get your agreement in place asap!
- Employees on Maternity leave will be required to give statutory 8 weeks’ notice to end the maternity leave early and then be furloughed. Previously, our view was that if the employer and the employee were in agreement the 8 weeks’ notice could be shortened, however, this guidance does not address this issue. Perhaps, one to look out for in any further versions of the guidance.
The published guidance can be found here.