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15 June, 2020 Open access

Government updates Job Retention Scheme guidance to take account of new furlough rules from 1 July 2020

Updates also confirm that employers will be expected to contribute more towards employee support as government support is gradually withdrawn

The government has updated guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) to take account of new furlough rules being introduced next month.

Following the Chancellor Rishi Sunak's written statement on 3 June 2020 on the future of the CJRS and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, the government has provided further details of the eligibility conditions for CJRS support for employers who qualify to furlough employees from 1 July 2020.

In particular, in Check if you can claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the government advises that employers will only be able to furlough employees for the first time from 1 July 2020 if they have already furloughed the employee for at least three consecutive weeks between 1 March and 30 June 2020.

In addition, the updated COVID-19 guidance advises that, from 1 July 2020 -

In relation to the timetable for the gradual withdrawal of support for employers that was outlined by Mr Sunak, the government provides further details in Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, advising that - 

In addition, the government has updated a range of guidance pages aimed at employers, to take account of the changes from 1 July 2020, including -

Calculating how much you can claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme | Claiming wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme | Reporting employees' wages to HMRC when you've claimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme | Steps to take before calculating claims using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme | Examples to help calculate employees' wages.