Job retention scheme latest guidance, 15 June 2020

Jun 15, 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 advised to ensure they are using the latest CJRS, to bookmark the relevant links and print a copy of the guidance which applied at the time a claim for the CJRS grant is made.

HM Treasury has now announced that people on paternity and maternity leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for the job retention scheme.

The CJRS guidance was also updated again last week.

What the new online guidance covers

The guidance includes:

  • changes to the scheme and key dates that you need to be aware of;
  • how you can claim if you bring previously furloughed employees back to work part-time from 1‌‌ July (known as flexible furloughing) and how many employees you can claim for in any one claim;
  • how to claim, and the information you’ll need to do so;
  • how to work out how much you can claim, including an online calculator to help you; and
  • more information on amending your claim.

What you need to do now

  • read the guidance to see how changes to the scheme impact you, using the calculator to understand how much you’ll be able to claim;
  • book a webinar via GOV‌‌.UK if you’d like more support; and
  • consider which employees you want to keep on full-time furlough and which employees will come back to work – on what hours – to agree arrangements with them as needed for your business.

What you need to do from July

  • start your flexible furloughing of employees from 1‌‌ July onwards. You can decide the hours and shift patterns they work to suit the needs of your business – you’ll pay their wages for the time they’re in work and can apply for a job retention scheme grant to cover any of their usual hours they are still furloughed for. You can still keep employees on full furlough if you need to;
  • claim for periods ending on or before 30‌‌ June, by 31‌‌ J‌ul‌y – this is the last date you can make those claims; and
  • claim for further furlough periods as needed – the first time you will be able to make a claim for days in July will be 1‌‌ July.