HM Treasury have published further guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS or Furlough Scheme)
The Direction formally extends the Furlough Scheme until 31 March 2021 and withdraws the Coronavirus Job Retention Bonus (under which employers could claim £1,000 per employee brought back from furlough and employed until end January 2021).
It also clarifies the position of employees serving a notice period from 1 December 2020 onwards. Employers will no longer be able to claim under the CJRS for any employee serving a notice period after this date. This applies to both statutory and contractual notice and includes employees that have resigned or are retiring.
So if you were contemplating giving notice on or after 1 December 2020, you will not be able to claim back any monies under the CJRS in respect of the notice period. If an employee is currently serving out their notice period, you will only be able to claim under the CJRS for the part of the notice worked up to and including 30 November 2020.
Another development to the Furlough Scheme is that HMRC will start publishing names of employers claiming under the scheme. Details of the employer’s name and a “reasonable indication” of the amounts claimed will be made publicly available.
The Furlough Scheme will be reviewed at the end of January 2021 and new guidance will be published covering how the scheme will continue to run in February and March 2021, which we will keep you up to date with.
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