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COVID-19 Information Hub

THE NEW Coronavirus Job Support Scheme

On 24 September 2020, The Chancellor made clear that the CJRS will end on 31 October, as planned. Its replacement will be the Job Support Scheme (JSS), which will run for six months from 1 November. Find out more.

Updated 05/10/2020

Key Facts – so far the Government has only issued a policy document, more information is expected shortly.

  • Employees must be on an employer’s PAYE payroll on or before 23 September 2020.
  • For the first three months of the scheme, the employee must work at least 33% of their usual hours. The Government has not yet confirmed what the position will be for the remaining three months.
  • For every hour that is not worked, the employer and the government will each pay one-third of the employee’s usual pay, with the government contribution capped at £697.92 a month. Employees working at least one-third of their normal hours will receive at least 77% of full pay, subject to the government cap. Employers will pay at least 55% of normal wages.
  • ‘Usual’ pay will be based on pre furlough pay and not the amount they were paid whilst on furlough.
  • Employees will be able to cycle on and off the scheme and do not have to be working the same pattern each month, but each short-time working arrangement but cover a minimum period of seven days.
  • The employer will be reimbursed in arrears for the government contribution. The grant will not cover Class 1 employer NICs or pension contributions, although these contributions will remain payable by the employer.
  • The employee must not be on a redundancy notice.
  • The scheme will be open to all employers with a UK bank account and a UK PAYE scheme. All small and medium-sized enterprises will be eligible; large businesses will be required to demonstrate that their business has been adversely affected by Covid-19 with a financial assessment test. The government expects that large employers will not be making capital distributions (such as dividends) while taking advantage of the scheme.
  • Claims for the JSS will not affect eligibility for payment of the £1,000 Job Retention Bonus announced in July and due from February 2021.

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