The Treasury has recently confirmed in a new Treasury Direction the rules that are to apply under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) for the period of 1 February 2021 – 30 April 2021.
Employers will no doubt be pleased to know that the new Treasury Direction does not contain many changes to the existing rules in place for the CJRS (particularly in respect of the financial elements). That said, we have set out below the key points that we think employers should be aware of.
- The CJRS has been formally extended until 30 April 2021. We commented on this extension in our original article, available here.
- When calculating Furlough Leave pay under the CJRS for the months of March and April 2021, employers should refer back to the corresponding month in 2019 and not 2020. This is a particularly important point and the logic for it is clear: to avoid a calculation based on an employee’s previous Furlough Leave payments instead of their usual pay.
- Employers can now amend a claim up until the end of the following month. With the previous deadline for amendments being the 15th of the following month, it would appear that the Treasury are providing employers with more flexibility.
Of course, questions still remain as to whether the CJRS will be extended further beyond 30 April 2021 or whether the Job Support Scheme (“JSS”) will finally come into effect. As always, we will be quick to comment on any further developments in relation to Furlough Leave, so please do follow our socials (Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook) for updates.
If you have any queries or concerns about the CJRS and Furlough Leave or about employment law more generally, our specialist team of Employment lawyers would be happy to assist further. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01603 281139, to be directed to a member of the team.