Coronavirus [Covid-19] Updates
Monday 6th April 2020
Further information regarding the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is still pending. We are awaiting clarification on how payments are to be calculated for workers who work on an ad hoc, day-to-day basis. We will update this guidance once we have more information.
Monday 30th March 2020
The government has issued guidance on their Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS). This may be of benefit to agency workers who were on our PAYE payroll on 28th February 2020.
What is the Job Retention Scheme?
The JRS is a temporary scheme which has been introduced by our government and currently applies for three months as of 1st March 2020.
Employers can claim for 80% of “furloughed employees” salary, up to £2,500 per month. This includes employer’s pension and national insurance contributions. Furloughed employees are those employees who are not working due to school closures. Any payments are subject to standard PAYE deductions at source.
However, we are waiting for the government to issue further guidance on how the JRS will work. The government have said that the scheme will be running by the end of April 2020. We will keep you posted regarding developments on this.
So what information are we waiting for?
It is currently unclear as to how the 80% of salaries will be calculated for temporary workers and what time periods or work history those calculations are to be based upon. It is also unclear as to when we the employer will receive the government grant to enable us to pay temporary workers under the JRS.
There are also other unknown factors at the moment because it is a new scheme. We will, however, notify workers to confirm their status under the “furlough” guidance, once full government guidance has been received. We will then provide all qualifying workers with information at that time.
There is currently no need for temporary workers to complete any forms or sign-up for anything online. Once we receive further guidance about the JRS process we will provide guidance.
We would like to confirm that we will comply with everything required of us once the JRS process goes live.
The following link provides guidance on applying for Universal Credit: Government - Guidance for Universal Credit
The following link provides guidance on applying for Statutory Sick Pay: Government - Statutory Sick Pay
We regularly update our staff with information from:
- Guidance Notes on Payments to Suppliers for Contingent Workers impacted by COVID-19
- Procurement Policy Note 02/20 – Supplier relief due to COVID-19
- FAQ sheet