Extension to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

It has been well reported that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, or Furlough, (“CJRS”) was due to end on 31 October 2020 and the Job Retention Scheme (“JRS”) was to come into effect in its place. However, in view of the new national lockdown which is due to begin on Thursday 2 November 2020, the Treasury has announced that the CJRS will now be extended and the implementation of the JRS will be postponed. Employers will be able to claim 80% of their Employee’s wages from the Government, (subject to a cap of £2,500) however they will remain responsible for National Insurance and Pension Contributions. All Employee’s who were on the Employer’s pay roll by 30 October 2020 will be eligible, even if they have not previously been placed on Furlough, and flexible Furlough will still be possible.

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