The following Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
This Practice Note considers the original Coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), first announced by the government on 20 March 2020 that applied between 1 March and 30 June 2020. For information on:
the revised CJRS that applied between 1 July and 31 October 2020, see Practice Note: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (revised version 1 July to 31 October 2020)
the extended CJRS that applies between 1 November 2020 and 30 April 2021, see Practice Note: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (extended version from 1 November 2020)
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is a temporary scheme, initially announced to be in place for three months starting from 1 March 2020, but HM Treasury announced, on 17 April, that this was extended to 30 June, and then announced, on 12 May, that it was extended until 31 October 2020.
Changes to the CJRS, with HMRC contributions to furloughed employee wages tapering progressively from 1 August until the scheme was intended to close on 31 October, and flexible furloughing being possible from 1 July, were announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 29 May 2020. For further information on the ‘flexible furloughing’, revised version of the CJRS, see Practice Note: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (revised version 1 July to 31 October 2020).
Until Friday 30 October 2020, it had been understood that:
the last phase of the Coronavirus Job
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