Flexible furlough for eligible employees
The Government recently announced changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. One of these changes was the introduction of flexible furlough for eligible employees from the 1st of July onwards.
From the 1st of July, as an employer, you can claim a more flexible grant for any employee you have previously received a CJRS grant for, and who now returns to work on reduced hours. You can also continue to claim for employees who stay fully furloughed.
You can find guidance on eligibility and how to claim for flexibly furloughed employees by searching for ‘Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ on GOV.UK.
What you need to do next
- claim for periods ending on or before the 30th of June, by the 31st of July – this is the last date you can make those claims
- agree the hours and shift patterns that you want your employees to work from the 1st of July
- pay your employees’ wages for the time they’re in work and apply for a job retention scheme grant to cover the remainder of their usual hours for which they are still furloughed
- claim for further furlough periods as needed – the first time you will be able to make a claim for days in July will be the 1st of July.
Live webinars offering more support on changes to the scheme and how they impact you are available to book online – go to GOV.UK and search ‘help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus’.
Protect yourself from scams
Stay vigilant about scams, which may mimic government messages as a way of appearing authentic and unthreatening. Don’t give out private information or reply to text messages, and don’t download attachments in emails you weren’t expecting. Search ‘scams’ on GOV.UK for information on how to recognise genuine HMRC contact. You can also forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to firstname.lastname@example.org and texts to 60599.
Help and support
If you need help with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or any other aspect of your payroll contact me now.