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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.

The Government will pay one third of the hours not worked up to a cap, and the employer also contributes a third of hours not worked, meaning that employees will earn 77% of their normal wages (subject to the cap). Employees must have been on an employer’s PAYE payroll by 23 September to qualify. Employees cannot be made redundant or put on notice of redundancy during the period for which the employer claims the grant for them.

The JSS is to run for 6 months from 1 November, the day after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends. There will be a review of the amount of hours required to be worked by the employee after 3 months.

The scheme is open to all SMEs, and also to larger employers who have suffered a loss in turnover (this will be subject to a financial assessment). The factsheet indicates that calculation of what can be claimed by way of salary will be on the same basis as under the CJRS, and that claims can be made on a monthly basis through the website from December 2020.

Further details and guidance are expected to be published in the coming weeks. If you have any queries please contact a member of the employment team.

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