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Employment

Furlough Scheme Update

Furlough update

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Here below please find a summary of the Chancellor’s recent notification (29th May) highlighting revisions to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) aka “Furlough”.

From 1 July 2020, businesses will be given the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back part-time. Individual organisations will need to decide the hours and shift patterns their employees will work. The employers will be responsible for paying their wages while in work.

From August 2020, the level of government grant provided through the job retention scheme will be slowly tapered to reflect an expectation of a steady return to work.

During June and July, the government will continue to pay 80% of the furloughed employees’ salaries but after this period businesses will be expected to make contributions. (see below)

The following will apply for the period people are furloughed:

June and July

The government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500 as well as employer National Insurance (ER NICS) and pension contributions. Employers are not required to pay anything.

August

The government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions – for the average claim, this represents 5% of the gross employment costs the employer would have incurred had the employee not been furloughed.

September

The government will pay 70% of wages up to a cap of £2,187.50. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions and 10% of wages to make up 80% total up to a cap of £2,500. For the average claim, this represents 14% of the gross employment costs the employer would have incurred had the employee not been furloughed.
October: The government will pay 60% of wages up to a cap of £1,875. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions and 20% of wages to make up 80% total up to a cap of £2,500. For the average claim, this represents 23% of the gross employment costs the employer would have incurred had the employee not been furloughed.

In addition to the CJRS announcement Chancellor Rishi Sunak, confirmed that those eligible under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), which has so far seen 2.3 million claims worth £6.8 billion will be able to claim a second and final grant in August.

The grant will be worth 70% of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single installment covering three months’ worth of profits, and capped at £6,570 in total.

If you have any concerns regarding your response to the current Coronavirus crisis and changes to legislation such as the above please feel free to drop Robert a line robertgibson@samuelphilllips.co.uk

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