Today Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new Job Support Scheme starting 1 November 2020 to replace the current Job Retention (“furlough”) Scheme which ends 31 October 2020.
All small and medium-sized businesses are eligible, larger businesses must show their turnover has fallen during the pandemic. Employers can use the new scheme even if they have not previously used the furlough scheme.
The new Government scheme will last for six months to 30 April 2021 and to be eligible, employees will need to be working a minimum of 33% of their hours. For the remaining hours not worked, the Government and employer will pay one third of wages each.
Employers will continue to pay the wages of staff for the hours they work – but for the hours not worked, the Government and the employer will each pay one third of their equivalent salary.
Employees who can only go back to work on shorter time will still be paid two thirds of the hours for those hours they can’t work.
The level of grant will be calculated based on an employee’s usual salary, capped at £697.92 per month.
By way of an example, an employee working 33% of their hours will receive at least 77% of their pay, 22% paid by the Government and 55% paid by their employer (the “worked” 33% plus 22%).
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