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On 13 November 2020, HM Treasury published The Coronavirus Act 2020 Functions of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme) Direction. This is the fourth Treasury Direction in relation to the operation of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

All of the Treasury Directions provide the legal framework for the CJRS.  Although the government have confirmed the CJRS will be in place until 31 March 2021, these directions deal with the period to 31 Jan 2021.

On 5 November 2020, the Government announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) would be extended until 31 March 2021. On 10 November 2020, guidance regarding the extended scheme was published.

The guidance consists of various documents including:

On 5 November 2020, the Government announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will now remain open until 31 March 2021.

HMRC have issued a policy paper which provides details on:

  • The eligibility criteria for employers and employees;
  • What employers will need to do in order to claim; and
  • Updated information on reference data to calculate those claims.

On 5 November 2020, the Government announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until 31 March 2021. As a result, the Job Support Scheme has now been postponed until further notice.

At the end of October, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (more commonly referred to as furlough scheme) is due to come to an end. In its place, the Job Support Scheme (‘JSS’) is set to begin on 1 November 2020, and is proposed to be in place for six months.

CJRS: Job Retention Bonus

On 5 November 2020, the Government announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until 31 March 2021. As a result, the Job Retention Bonus will no longer be paid in February 2021. However, a further retention incentive may be arranged at a later date.

On 1 October 2020, the Treasury issued a Treasury Direction regarding the Job Retention Bonus. The Treasury Direction can be found here.  The Job Retention Bonus aims to “enhance and consolidate the purpose of the CJRS” by giving employers £1000 for each ‘qualifying employee’.

Following the Chancellor’s announcement of the Job Support Scheme earlier today, the government have published a short factsheet (found here) with some further details on how the scheme will operate.

The JSS is described as a scheme to protect “viable jobs” with employers able to claim government support for wages of employees who are working at least 33% of their normal hours.

A number of employment law changes were introduced on the 6th April 2020.

However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, they may have been overlooked by employers and employees.  Accordingly, some of the key changes are outlined below:

On 31 July 2020, The Employment Rights Act 1996 (Coronavirus, Calculation of a Week’s Pay) Regulations 2020 came into force. These Regulations ensure that all furloughed employees receive redundancy payments at 100% of their normal pay, rather than at the reduced furlough rate.

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