The unprecedented Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is coming to finish, as scheduled, on 31 October. As coated in our earlier bulletin, the CJRS is being changed by the Job Assist Scheme (JSS). That is considerably much less beneficiant, and is meant to guard solely “viable” jobs. It applies the place staff work a minimal of 33% of their regular hours, with the Authorities and employer every paying a 3rd of the worker’s normal wages, with the Authorities contribution capped at £697.92 a month. See our earlier bulletin right here for additional particulars.
With the implementation this week of the three tier system of native COVID alert ranges (announcement right here), there’s now the potential for some companies to be pressured to shut. As an example, the place “tier three” restrictions are imposed – as is already the case in Liverpool – pubs and bars have to shut, except they function as a restaurant.
The Authorities has subsequently introduced an extension of the JSS for workers of companies that are pressured to shut their premises because of coronavirus restrictions (or the place they’re restricted to supply and assortment companies).
Beneath this extension, from 1 November, the Authorities pays eligible companies two thirds of every worker’s regular pay, topic to a most of £2,100 monthly. Employers won’t must complement the federal government contribution in direction of wages (in contrast to with the usual JSS) however must pay NICs and pension contributions. As with the usual JSS, HMRC will administer claims, with funds made on a month-to-month foundation in arrears.
Situations embody that the worker should be prevented from working for not less than seven days and an RTI submission will need to have been made to HMRC notifying fee to the related worker on or earlier than 23 September (so staff who joined just lately will probably be excluded). Not like the usual JSS, the place giant employers are topic to a monetary evaluation check, the extension applies to all employers with none such check.
As with the usual JSS, the scheme begins on 1 November 2020 and will probably be accessible for six months, with a evaluation in January 2021.
Full guidelines are to be printed, and the state of affairs is fast-moving, so it’s doubtless that there will probably be additional developments.