The following Employment Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
UPDATE: This Q&A was first published before the HMRC published its guidance for employers: Claim for your employees’ wages through the coronavirus job retention scheme and guidance for employees: Check if your employer can use the coronavirus job retention scheme on 26 March 2020. These two sets of guidance were updated on 4 April, 9 April and 15 April 2020. The government also published a Treasury Direction on 15 April.
For information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), see Practice Note: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (original version to 30 June 2020). For information on the updates to the HMRC guidance made on 4 April, 9 April and 15 April 2020, and the Treasury Direction, see the following News Analyses:
HMRC publishes updated employer and employee guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) job retention scheme
HMRC publishes second update to employer and employee guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme, and
Treasury gives legal effect to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and updates guidance a third time
For information on the position as at 16 April 2020, see: below.
Key details of the proposed coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) announced so far include:
the scheme will start in April 2020 and be backdated to 1 March 2020, to enable organisations to re-employ individuals who have already been laid off and for those workers to recoup lost income
the business will
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