Please be reminded that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will be ending on 30 September 2021.
Employers should consider and consult with employees still currently on furlough regarding return to work from 1 October 2021.
Posted: 13 July 2021
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) which has supported 11.6 million jobs according to the government, is changing once again from 1 August 2021, and due to close at the end September 2021.
View the changes and more information on Furlough here: How is Furlough changing?
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Posted: 16 June 2021
1 July 2021 sees the first change to the latest extension of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).
View or download our CJRS July Reminder for information on the latest CJRS changes, deadlines and paying back grants.
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Posted: 04 June 2021
HMRC’s Official Statistics on the CJRS show the number of employments on furlough decreased by 900,00 from 31 March 2021 to 30 April 2021.
“The data for April 2021 is not yet fully complete as while claims relating to April 2021 should have been filed by 14 May 2021, employers could file claims later with the agreement of HMRC if they had a reasonable excuse. Claims for April 2021 can also be amended until 28 May 2021. Together these factors are likely to have a small effect on the statistics.”
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Posted: 22 March 2021
In a landmark case, held on 19 March 2021, the Supreme Court ruled that care workers who fulfil ‘sleep-in’ shifts are not entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for any hours that they are not awake and not actually performing a specific activity.
Read the full article here: https://www.cipp.org.uk/resources/news/sleep-in-care-workers-not-entitled-to-nmw.html
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Posted: 26 January 2021
The Treasury Direction has been published, setting out the legal basis for the extension of the furlough scheme from 1 February to 30 April 2021.
The link also contains previous Directions, with explanatory notes. The first document in the link is the latest, the Direction dated 25 January 2021.
The latest Direction sets out the changes to the calculations of “reference salary” and “usual hours”, as the scheme will be over a year old at its conclusion.
“On 25 January, the Chancellor made a Treasury Direction under Section 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act to extend the effect of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).
The Direction sets out that HMRC are responsible for the payment and management of amounts to be paid under the scheme. The schedule to this direction sets out the scheme applying for the period beginning on 1 February 2021, and ending on 30 April 2021.
Due to the overlap with the CJRS that was introduced in March 2020, this Direction modifies the rules to calculate the reference salary and usual hours.”
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Posted: 17 December 2020
Furlough, self employed and loan schemes have been extended and the Budget date announced.
See the latest press releases at:
- Furlough scheme extended in substantially its current form to end April 2021 – the planned January review of the employer contribution will now not happen, the scheme will be unchanged (see extract below). The final details of this and the legislation are awaited, to see if there are any other amendments.
- Self employed scheme also to be extended to end April 2021
- Bounce back and CBILs loans now available to end March 2021
- Budget date set for 3 March 2021
“The Chancellor said he would review the employer contribution element of the CJRS in January, but decided to bring this forward to allow businesses to plan ahead for the remainder of the winter and the New Year.
The government will continue to pay 80% of the salary of employees for hours not worked until the end of April. Employers will only be required to pay wages, National Insurance Contributions (NICS) and pensions for hours worked; and NICS and pensions for hours not worked.
The Chancellor said he would review the employer contribution element of the CJRS in January, but decided to bring this forward to allow businesses to plan ahead for the remainder of the winter and the New Year.
The government will continue to pay 80% of the salary of employees for hours not worked until the end of April. Employers will only be required to pay wages, National Insurance Contributions (NICS) and pensions for hours worked; and NICS and pensions for hours not worked.”
Self employed scheme:
“The furlough and loan schemes are part of the government’s wider plan to support, create and protect jobs through its Plan for Jobs. This includes the Kickstart Scheme, more investment in training and skills as well as the Self Employment Income Support Scheme grant, with a fourth grant being made available from February to April 2021.”
“The government has already announced that more support will be available beyond March, through a successor loan scheme. More details of the scheme will be announced in due course, with the government providing a further update on wider Covid-19 economic support at the Budget on 3 March.”
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