The government announced on Friday a series of changes and key dates to the Government Furlough Scheme which we want to bring to your attention below.  This information is only valid up until the next announcement by the government and so please regularly check the official updates HERE

10th June
This is the last date you can furlough an employee for the first time ensuring the 3 week furlough period is completed by 30th June.

30th June
CJRS will close to new entrants.  From this point onwards, employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed for a full 3 week period prior to 30th June (This being from the key date above of Wednesday 10th June)

1st July  to 31st August
Gov.uk – Employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim CJRS grant for their normal hours not worked.  When claiming the CJRS grant for furloughed hours, employers will need to report and claim for a minimum period of a week.

This means that for the days your employee works for you, you will pay their wages and on costs (NI, Pension etc) and for the days they are furlough you can still claim their hours including on costs and the scheme will pay up to 80% for the time not worked (still capped at £2,500)

31st July 

Final day to make any claims in respect of the period to 30th June.

August

The scheme will pay 80% of wages only (still capped at £2,500).  Employers are required to pay NI and pension contributions.

September

The scheme will pay 70% of wages only (capped at £2,187.50).  Employers are required to pay NI and pension contributions plus 10% of wages to make up to 80%, up to a capped amount of £2,500.

October

The scheme will pay 60% of wages only (capped at £1,875).  Employers are required to pay NI and pension contributions plus 20% of wages to make up to 80%, up to a capped amount of £2,500.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, in the first instance please have a look at the official guidance HERE.

If you cannot find the information you need, or would like to discuss any queries you have, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team.