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Important Update – Job Retention Scheme (Furlough Leave)

Important Update – Job Retention Scheme (Furlough Leave)

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The government has just published a fourth iteration of its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (known as Furlough Leave) guidance and it has made an important change.

The government has made a significant change to the guidance by changing the qualifying date, the date when the employee has to have been on the payroll, from 28 February to 19 March (the day before the Chancellor announced the scheme).

You can find the full guidance here.

But in brief employers can now claim for Furloughed employees who were on their PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020, providing the employer had notified HMRC of that fact on an RTI submission on or before that date.

In addition, an employer can claim for employees who were employed as of 28 February 2020 and on the payroll (i.e. notified to HMRC on an RTI submission on or before 28 February) and were then made redundant or stopped working for the employer after that date and prior to 19 March 2020.

To do this the employer will need to re-employ the employee and then put them on Furlough Leave.

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