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On Friday 29 May 2020, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak set out a number of changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which will take effect over the coming months.
The Chancellor confirmed that from August 2020 employers will be required to start contributing under the scheme:
The CJRS is currently planned to expire at the end of October and the Government has confirmed that it will close to new entrants from 30 June 2020. From that point, employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed for a full three-week period prior to 30 June 2020, meaning the final date by which an employer can furlough an employee for the first time and claim under the scheme will be 10 June 2020.
The Government has also confirmed that part-time working will be allowed under the scheme from 1 July 2020, brought forward from August 2020 as previously announced.
Together with its guidance, HM Treasury has published a factsheet which gives some more detail of how ‘flexible furloughing’ will be implemented. It states that:
To be eligible for the grant:
Further guidance on flexible furloughing and how employers should calculate claims is due to be provided on 12 June 2020. If you have any further questions relating to the content of this update, then please do get in touch with our Employment team who would be happy to assist you further.
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All content on this page is correct as of June 2, 2020.