COVID-19: job retention scheme guidance updates

May 18, 2020

Members can visit our dedicated UK Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) page, which provides guidance on the scheme. Download our factsheet on the who, what, where, when and why of the scheme.  

Readers are also advised to ensure they are using the latest CJRS. You are advised to bookmark the relevant links and print a copy of the guidance which applied at the time you submit a claim for the CJRS grant. The guidance is available at the following links and has been updated as follows since last week:-  

 

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Changes made

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Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

  • Update headline text to give high level intro to CJRS and also reflect CX announcement on extension of the scheme

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Check if you can claim for your employee's wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

  • Update headline text to reflect CX announcement on extension of the scheme

  • We’ve pulled out the ‘Employees you can claim for’ section of the ‘Check’ guide into its own piece of guidance called ‘Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’.

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Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

  • New separate page for this content

  • Clarification on volunteering to emphasise that it cannot be for the same or a different role.

  • Section on consolidated payroll moved to be next to TUPE section. Content unchanged.

4

Work out 80% of your employees' wages to claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

  • Non-discretionary payments clarification to better explain what meets this criteria. Wording tweaked.

  • Non-discretionary overtime payment clarification to better explain the distinction here.

  • New wording setting out what periods a claim should cover and how far in advance claims can be made

  • Examples from this page separated out into supplementary HTML document, no change to content.

  • Moved the ‘After you’ve claimed’ section from this page to the service start page where it sits better and makes more sense for the user.

  • Link to BEIS Holiday Entitlement guidance added to Holiday Pay Section.

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Examples for ‘Work out 80% of your employees' wages to claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’

  • New separate page for this content, no changes to content.

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Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

  • Added in that records must be kept for at least 6 years

  • Clarification around where employers can search for employee's National Insurance Numbers

  • Added wording to the 'After you've claimed' section which was removed from the 'Work out 80% if your wages page'.

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Reporting employees' wages to HMRC when you've claimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

  • No changes to content

 

'Work out 80% of your employees' wages to claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme' is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/work-out-80-of-your-employees-wages-to-claim-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme 

'Reporting employees' wages to HMRC when you've claimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme' is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/reporting-payments-in-paye-real-time-information-from-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme 

‘Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme' is available at:  

'Find examples to help you work out 80% of your employees' wages' is available at:  

'Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme' is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-which-employees-you-can-put-on-furlough-to-use-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme 

'Check if you can claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme' is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme 

'Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme' is available at: 

This guide explains the information that employers need to provide to claim for their employees’ wages and has also recently been updated.