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Kerry Eastman

HR Advisor - Uckfield

21st December 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS): Guidance Updates

On Thursday, 17 December 2020, Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is being extended for an extra month, until 30 April 2021. The decision to extend the CJRS provides reassurance to employers and employees across the UK into the New Year.

Following the Chancellor’s announcement, the Government released a further Treasury Direction setting out the key changes. In summary, they provide as follows:

  • Wage Grants: The guidance confirms that that the Government will continue to pay 80% of wages, up to a maximum of £2,500.00 per month (or £576.92 per week), until 30 April 2021. Employers can continue to choose to top up their employees’ wages, but are not obliged to do so. Employers must however, pay National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and pension contributions for employees who are furloughed. Employers must report such payments of NICs and pension contributions via a Full Payment Submission (FPS) to HMRC on or before the pay date.
  • Claim Deadlines: The claim deadlines in respect of March 2021 have been amended as follows
Claim for furlough days in Claim must be submitted by
November 2020 14 December 2020
December 2020 14 January 2021
January 2021 15 February 2021
February 2021 15 March 2021
March 2021 14 April 2021

All other eligibility criteria in connection with the CJRS remains unchanged.

For more information on employment law issues and the impact of Covid-19 contact Victoria Regan or Amy White in Rix & Kay’s Employment Team.

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