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Job Retention Scheme Bonus

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Yesterday the Chancellor announced the introduction of the Job Retention Bonus.
This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until 312021. The bonus will provide additional support to retain employees.

To be eligible, employees will need to:
• earn at least £520 per month (above the Lower Earnings Limit) on average for November, December and January
• have been furloughed by you at any point and legitimately claimed for under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
• have been continuously employed by you up until at least 312021.
Employers will be able to claim the bonus from February 2021 once accurate RTI data to 31January has been received. More information about this scheme will be available by 31so we will keep you updated!

Furlough changes from July 1st 2020

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On 29 May 2020, the Chancellor announced the following:

  • From 1 July 2020, furloughed employees will be able to return to work on a part-time basis. Employers will pay in full for days worked and can claim under the CJRS for days not worked, subject to the relevant caps.
  • From 1 August 2020, employers will be required to contribute towards the costs of furloughing employees.
  • From 1 September 2020, Employers will also be required to pay 10% of employees’ pay, capped at £312.50. The government will pay 70% of employees’ pay, capped at £2,187.50.
  • From 1 October 2020, Employers will be required to pay 20% of employees’ pay, capped at £625. The government will pay 60% of employees’ pay, capped at £1,875.

Dont forget, only employees who have been furloughed for a continuous 3 week period before 30th June can be furloughed/part furloughed after 1st July 2020, UNLESS they have been on statutory family leave or a military reservist on a period of mobilisation.

To do:-

  1. Employers and employees will need a new signed agreement if the old one had an end date or you will be having them work some of their time (ask your advisor for one)
  2. The ‘3 week’ minimum furlough will no longer exist, therefore you can consider rotating your furloughed employees or increasing/decreasing the work they carry out throughout this period (with their agreement)

Note – Employees do not have to be given some work, they can remain on full furlough subject to business needs.

Further Developments to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Furlough

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After the announcements at the end of May 2020,  lobbyists have been successful in bringing about the following amendments which were agreed on the 9th June:


  1. There will be no minimum furlough period from 1 July 2020. However, any furlough arrangement agreed between employer and employee reported in a claim to HMRC must still cover a period of at least a week


  1. From 1 July 2020 employers can only claim from the CJRS in respect of employees who were furloughed on or before 10 June 2020, with the exception of those who are returning to work following a long period ofstatutory family leave.


Talk to your Advisor if you have any queries.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Key Dates

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1st June 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Key Dates

On the 29th May Rishi Sunak gave an announcement on the changes to the CJRS (Furlough Scheme).


Key dates


July 1st until the 31st August

From the 1st July you may bring employees back off furlough and place them on whatever hours you need them for.  The employer will be responsible for 100% of the employees’ wages for the hours they work but you may claim back 80% of the furloughed hours via the CJRS.


To implement this, you will need:

  1. to confirm the working hours/patterns to your employees in writing.  The minimum period you must do this for is one week although you may confirm the pattern/hours in writing for longer periods.
  2. To submit data on the normal hours the employee would be expected o work in the claim period and the hours they actually work in line with the temporary written agreement.


You may continue to use the scheme in its current form for those you do not have work for or who remain unable to return to work.


Detail of tapering and employer contributions:


June and July

The current scheme will exist with the additional flexibility allowing employers to bring employees back part-time.  Employers will be responsible for paying employees for hours worked if they come back part time as detailed above but can claim 80% of the unworked hours.



Both the above will still exist but instead of the scheme paying the employers National Insurance and Pension Contributions, this responsibility will pass back to employers.



  • The CJRS will drop to 70% contribution (£2,187.50 cap) for the hours the employee does not work.
  • The employer is required to pay employers National Insurance and Pension Contributions.
  • The employer is required to top up 10% of the wage of non-worked hours (up to the cap of £2,500)
  • and if working part-time, remains responsible for payment of 100% of pay for worked hours.



As above but…

  • The CJRS will drop to 60% contribution (£1875 cap) for the hours the employee does not work.
  • The employer is required to top up 20% of the wage of non-worked hours (up to the cap of £2,500)


Employer Allowance:

If you are a smaller employer some or all of your NICS bills are covered under Employer Allowance.  Please visit the HMRC website to assess your company’s eligibility.



THE CJRS Scheme closes to new entrants on the 30th June.  You may only claim from the scheme after this date for employees who have been furloughed for a full three-week period prior to 30th


June meaning that 10th June would be the last date for any new furlough entrants to enter the scheme.



Employers will have until 31st July to make claims for the period to 30th June.


Webinars giving guidance on calculating claim back via the flexible scheme will be published on on their ‘Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ pages.



This information is accurate at the time of publish. Please speak to your Accountant for any HMRC and payroll queries. Please contact your Elcons Advisor for any HR issues with your employees 01422 822842

Making redundancies during Covid-19

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The further extension of the job retention scheme could open up employers to legal action if they make people redundant while it is still running.
There are obviously some situations such as closure where redundancies may be necessary, however, you would need to be able to evidence that you have considered furlough as an alternative and why this wasnt a viable solution.
If however you do need to make redundancies, make sure you follow a full process, this can be done whilst employees are furloughed.

Covid-19 Update

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The Goverments new track and trace system starts today. For employees who have been notified by the NHS that they have been in contact with someone who has COVID19 and they are required to self isolate for 14 days, they are entitled to statutory sick pay (SSP) from day1 subject to eligibility. Call us now 01422 822842.

Codid-19 Update

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Can employers enforce their staff to take annual leave during a period of Furlough?
Answer. Yes. However employers must give twice as much notice as the period of leave to be taken. For example one weeks holiday to be taken requires two weeks notice. Employers must pay holiday pay at 100 per cent wages/salary. Employers, call the experts now on 01422 822842 for further information.

Covid-19 Update for employers

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Are you an employer starting to think about bringing your employees back into work? Apply these 3 steps.

1. Is it essential?
2. Is it safe?
3. Is it mutually agreed.

People are naturally going to be apprehensive about their return to work, so clear and sound direction and reassurance from business owners and Managers is fundamental. Risk assess, issue guidance, talk to your employees, offer PPE where necessary, apply the 2M rules, carry out one to ones with your staff. For subscribed health and safety clients, talk to your Consultant, let the experts guide you, here to help. For unsubscribed clients, and if you need H&S support, talk to Johanna 01422 822842. professional support just when you need it!👍🙌

Covid-19 Update

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Employers, if your current regime is working, stick with it. Continue to minimise any risk. If it’s not working and you want employees to return to work, ensure you risk assess, and your working environment is safe, with all precautions and maintaining the 2 M apart rule. If you cannot meet this then generally it is not safe to have your staff in work. Please contact your Elcons health and safety advisors for further guidance. If you meet any resistance from your employees regarding returning to work please phone our specialist team for advice. 01422 822842.

Can you reclaim SSP on more than one occasion due to Coronavirus? (For employers with under 250 employees)

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The current guidance states that an employer can only reclaim upto 14 days SSP for each employee even if they are off more than once with symptoms/other within the household with coronavirus symptoms.  However, the provision that SSP is not paid for the first three qualifying days does not apply in relation to an employee where an employee’s period of incapacity for work is related to coronavirus and the first day of incapacity for work in that period arose on or after 13th March 2020.  Therefore both periods of absence would be liable to SSP from day 1.