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Update on the Job Retention Scheme - May 2020

By 18th May 2020

Last week it was announced that the CJRS scheme will be extended until the end of October. The scheme will continue in its current form until the end of July.

From 1‌‌ August to the end of October, there will be more flexibility so employers will be able to bring furloughed employees back to work part-time and contribute to paying employees' wages while still receiving support from the scheme.

These measures will apply across all regions and sectors in the UK economy More details of how this will work are expected by the end of May.

Guidance and support

In the meantime, more information is available online to help you apply – go to GOV‌.UK and search 'Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme'.

Online guidance has recently been updated with:

  • more information for furloughed employees
  • the work furloughed company directors can undertake
  • what time periods you can claim for
  • more detail on non-discretionary payments, holiday pay and record keeping.

Webinars are also available to help you, and there are two about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on the YouTube channel 'HMRCgovuk' – an overview of the scheme and a detailed session about how to make a claim. You can book a place on a live webinar by going to GOV‌.UK and searching 'help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus'.

Please remember that grants are only intended for the payment of employees' salaries and related National Insurance, and pension contributions.

Payments may be withheld or need to be repaid in full if based on dishonest or inaccurate information or found to be fraudulent, and we may call you to check the details of your claim.

Update on the Job Retention Scheme

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