If your place of work has shut down or there’s no work for you because of coronavirus, you may be able to  carry on getting paid. 

To make sure you have access to all the help available to you, take a look at our list of important information regarding employment during coronavirus.

*Please note: This information is correct at time of publishing and will be updated as more information is released.

On the 5/11/2020  the Chancellor announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended until the end of March 2021 for all parts of the UK. For claim periods running to 31 January 2021, the UK Government will pay 80% of employees’ usual wages for hours not worked, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. The UK Government will review the policy in January to decide whether economic circumstances are improving enough to ask employers to contribute more.

There's more detailed information below for both employees and employers.

To talk to someone about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self Employed Income Support Scheme, please contact our specialist Tax Team on 01983 823898 ext:2836

Information for employees 

Your employer might be able to keep you on the payroll if they’re unable to operate or have no work for you to do because of coronavirus. This is known as being ‘on furlough’.

You could get paid 80% of your wages, up to a monthly cap of £2,500.

80% of your normal pay might be below minimum wage. This isn’t against the law, because you’re not working. You may be eligible for support through the welfare system, including Universal Credit. If you think you need to make a claim, talk to us first. We'll be able to tell you if Universal Credit is the right benefit for you.

Employees can be on any type of employment contract, including full-time, part-time, agency, flexible or zero-hour contracts. Foreign nationals are eligible to be furloughed.

Apprentices can be furloughed in the same way as other employees and they can continue to train whilst furloughed.

If you refuse to be furloughed, you could be made redundant. If your employer makes you redundant, they have to follow the usual rules. You might be able to claim benefits, but this will probably give you less money than 80% of your normal pay.

Information for employers

If you cannot maintain your current workforce because your operations have been severely affected by coronavirus, you can furlough employees and apply for a grant that covers 80% of their usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on that wage.

Check if you’re eligible to claim, and what you need to agree with your employees. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/extension-to-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme/extension-of-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

Update : Wednesday 11 November

For periods from 1 November: Employers need to submit any claims for November by 14 December 2020.

What’s new in the support available:

  • CJRS has been extended to 31 March 2021 for all parts of the UK. From 1 November, the UK Government will pay 80% of employees’ usual wages for the hours not worked, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. The UK Government will review the policy in January.
  • Employers and their employees do not need to have used the scheme before to claim for periods from 1 November. Go to GOV.UK for full eligibility criteria.
  • HMRC intend to publish details of employers who use the scheme for claim periods from December, and employees will be able to find out if their employer has claimed for them under the scheme.
  • There are now monthly deadlines for claims. Claims for periods on/after 1 November must be submitted within 14 calendar days after the month they relate to, unless this falls on a weekend, in which case the deadline  is the next  week day. For further details go to GOV.UK and search ‘Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’.
  • The Job Retention Bonus will no longer be paid in February 2021 and an alternative retention incentive will be put in place at the appropriate time.
  • The launch of the Job Support Scheme has also been postponed.


Additional social distancing guidelines for businesses

For the most up to date employment information from Citizens Advice, visit our national site.
During this time of disruption, the UK Government is not asking all businesses to shut – indeed it is important for some businesses to stay open. Only some non-essential shops and public venues have been asked to close – see more detailed information on the , businesses and venues that must close, and those that are exempt.

To support businesses that remain open during this period in England, the government has published additional guidance to assist employers, businesses and their staff in staying open safely during coronavirus.

The government understands that employers and businesses may have concerns about how they can remain open for business safely, and so play their part in preventing the spread of the virus. All employees should be encouraged to work from home unless it is impossible for them to do so. Not everyone can work from home: certain jobs require people to travel to, from and for their work – for instance to operate machinery, work in construction or manufacturing, or to deliver front line services. For specific settings please refer to sector specific guidance.

Please find further HMRC information on the gov.uk site


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