A new Job Support Scheme will be introduced from 1 November to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to coronavirus.
Under the scheme, which will run for six months and help keep employees attached to the workforce, the government will contribute towards the wages of employees who are working fewer than normal hours due to decreased demand.
Employers will continue to pay the wages of staff for the hours they work - but for the hours not worked, the government and the employer will each pay one third of their equivalent salary.
This means employees who can only go back to work on shorter time will still be paid two thirds of the hours for those hours they can’t work.
In order to support only viable jobs, employees must be working at least 33% of their usual hours. The level of grant will be calculated based on employee’s usual salary, capped at £697.92 per month.
The Job Support Scheme will be open to businesses across the UK even if they have not previously used the furlough scheme, with further guidance being published in due course.
UK Government COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme
On 29 May, the Chancellor set out more details on how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will continue to support jobs and business as people return to work. From 1 July 2020, businesses will be given the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back part time. This is a month earlier than previously announced to help support people back to work. Individual firms will decide the hours and shift patterns their employees will work on their return, so that they can decide on the best approach for them - and will be responsible for paying their wages while in work.
The scheme updates mean that the following will apply for the period people are furloughed:
To access the scheme you will need to:
The UK Government has published updated guidance on how the scheme will change from 1 July, including:
The UK Government’s A Plan for Jobs 2020 (8 July) included a new Job Retention Bonus to encourage firms to keep on furloughed workers.
Parents returning to work after extended leave eligible for furlough
The UK Government has confirmed (9 June) that people on paternity and maternity leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for the UK government’s furlough scheme even after 10 June cut-off date. This will only apply where they work for an employer who has previously furloughed employees. This applies to people on adoption leave, shared parental leave, and parental bereavement leave.
UK Government Statutory Sick Pay - Employer
This refund will cover up to 2 weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of COVID-19. Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be eligible - the size of an employer will be determined by the number of people they employed as of 28 February 2020. Employers will be able to reclaim expenditure for any employee who has claimed SSP(according to the new eligibility criteria) as a result of COVID-19
To access the scheme:
UK Government Statutory Sick Pay – Employee [LIVE]
Statutory Sick Pay will be paid from day 1 instead of day 4 for those affected by coronavirus.
To access the scheme: