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27 March, 2020 Open access

Government issues further guidance in relation to the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

New guidance covers which employers are eligible, and how much they can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave due to COVID-19

The government has issued further guidance in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

The new guidance advises that the new scheme - that enables all employers to claim for 80 per cent of the usual monthly wage costs of furloughed employees (employees on a leave of absence) up to £2,500 - is expected to be up and running by the end of April 2020 and that all furloughed employees are covered if on an employer’s PAYE payroll on 28 February 2020, including those working for charities, recruitment agencies (agency workers paid through PAYE), public authorities and those on flexible or zero-hour contracts.

Providing details of the general entitlement conditions for the subsidy - further to the initial details issued on 21 March 2020 - the new guidance advises that - 

In addition, the guidance provides advice on entitlement for employees with particular circumstances, including that -

For more information see Claim for wage costs through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from gov.uk