Coronavirus Job retention Scheme (CJRS) update | July 2020
As part of the Coronavirus Job retention Scheme, from the 1st July 2020, you will be able to furlough a member of staff part-time. This means that they can return to work for part of their normal hours, but also claim for furlough for the remainder of these hours.
The flexible furlough will only apply for employees that have previously been included on a furlough claim by the 30th June. Meaning the last date you are able to furlough an employee is the 10th June in order for them to qualify.
The number of employees on any claims from 1st July cannot exceed the number of employees included on any claim from 1st March to 30th June. For example, a company submitted claims for 50,30,20 and 10 employees previously, the claim in July cannot exceed 50 employees.
Flexible furloughs must be agreed in writing with the staff member. You must keep notes of the hours they have worked and furloughed hours. These records must all be kept for 5 years.
From the 1st of July, there is no minimum furlough period (previously 3 weeks) to help you get as many staff back into work as possible.
Changes to government contributions
From the 1st August, the government will continue to contribute 80% of the gross wage up to a cap of £2,500. Employers will now have to cover the cost of Employers National Insurance and Employers Pension costs.
From the 1st September, employers will have to cover 10% of the gross wages of staff furloughed as well as the Employers NIC and Employers pension contributions. The government will contribute 70% of gross furloughed salary up to a cap of £2187.50.
From the 1st October, employers will have to cover 20% of the gross wages of staff furloughed as well as the Employers NIC and Employers pension contributions. The government will contribute 60% of gross furloughed salary up to a cap of £1875.00.
The scheme will then close on the 31st October.