Government extends Job Retention Scheme eligibility start date

  • 17th April 2020

The eligibility cut-off date for employees to be furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been changed from 28 February to 19 March 2020.

This means that employers are now able to claim for furloughed employees who were employed and on their PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020, however the employee must have been notified to HMRC through an RTI submission on or before that date.

If an employee was made redundant or stopped working for a business on or after 28 February 2020, they can be re-employed, placed on furlough and their wages claimed through the furlough scheme. This applies even if the employee was not re-employed until after 19 March.

The online portal through which businesses can register their furloughed workers and apply to receive a grant covering 80% of furloughed workers’ wages will be available from 20th April.

Although you cannot yet access the portal, you can start to gather all the information you will need to process your claim. That way, you can submit your claim as soon as the portal opens.

We have therefore created an excel template that you can use to gather all the information into one central place ready for the launch. Click here to download the template.

It is expected that payments of claims will be due after 30 April.

As a reminder, an employer and employee MUST have agreed in writing that the employee will cease all work.

To avoid further delays, it is essential that there are no errors or omissions in your submitted claim. Please contact your accountant to ensure that your claim is thorough and accurate, and will help get the payment through at the earliest possible opportunity.

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