The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Update 15 April 2020
Claims can be made for employees employed at 19 March 2020 and were on the payroll on/before that date. Previously 28 February 2020.
Note the minimum time for a furlough is 3 weeks; which will only run from the date of the actual furlough. So, if some one was actually employed on 19 March but stopped working on 10 April, still being employed, the furlough would run from 10 April, for a minimum of 3 weeks.
The claim needs to be made on line and the service will be launched on GOV.UK on 20 April 2020 – it will not be available before that date.
The service is intended to be simple to use, with support on GOV.UK, including calculating the amount that can be claimed.
Claims will be paid within 6 working days.
Information needed to make a claim:
- A Government Gateway ID and password;
- Enrolled for PAYE online;
- For each furloughed employee:
- National Insurance number
- Claim period and amount
- PAYE/employee number (optional)
- For < 100 furloughed staff – information will need to be input for each employee
- For > 100 furloughed staff – a file will need to be uploaded with information for each employee.
Note, an agent can act on your behalf, if they are appointed to act on PAYE matters.
All records and calculations should be kept in relation for claims
Note directors, who cease working for the company, only undertaking director’s duties but no income generating work, can be furloughed by the company