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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Update 17 April 2020

Further updates made on 30 April relating to parental or adoption leave, union or non-union representatives, company directors and employees whose employment transferred can be found here.  

HMRC guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“the Scheme”) is now on its fifth revision. The fourth and fifth being published on 15 and 17 April 2020 respectively.   Scroll down for previous information regarding the scheme. 

In relation to the most recent updates we would note the following headline points:

The guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“the Scheme”) is now on its third revision. The most recent revision was published on 9 April 2020. Our commentary on the original guidance published on 26 March 2020 and the update published on 4 April 2020, can be found below. 

Update 9 April 2020

What has been updated?

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Updated Guidance 4th April 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“the Scheme”) is a new temporary government scheme which was announced on 20th March 2020 as part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following announcement of the Scheme, the government published guidance on 26th March 2020 (our commentary on which can be found here). The guidance raised a number of issues and questions.

On 26 March 2020 the Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020  (“WTCA Regulations”) were made, coming into force with immediate effect. These regulations affect rights of workers to carry over holidays which they were unable to take due to coronavirus.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - 'Furlough leave'

On Friday 20th March, the Chancellor set out a package of temporary measures to support people and businesses through the period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

 

These measures include a new 'Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme'.  Under the scheme all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been 'laid off' during this crisis.

On Wednesday 25th March 2020, the Coronavirus Act 2020 received Royal Assent. This comes amongst emergency legislation the Government has introduced to help combat the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Act introduces ‘emergency volunteering leave’ which gives workers the opportunity to leave their main job to volunteer temporarily in the NHS or social care sector. Employees will be permitted to apply to an appropriate authority for a certificate which will allow them to act as an emergency volunteer in health or social care.

On the evening of 23 March 2020, the Prime Minister announced the most stringent measures yet to attempt to control the spread of the covid-19 coronavirus. Details of the UK government’s announcement can be found here and the Scottish government’s guidance can be found here.

What we know about ‘lockdown’

This page contains links to the most recent information relating to employment issues, including governement announcements and associated guidance/advice.  

10 Nov 2020 

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Guidance on Extended Furlough

5 November 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Scheme extended until 31 Mar 2020

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