Update on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Jack Harrington

Over the weekend, the Government has produced further guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme.

Key points include the following;

• Subject to any restriction in their employment contract, employees can start a new job when on furlough leave (meaning they could end up earning 80% of their old salary and 100% salary from a new job).
• In addition to basic salary, an employer can reclaim 80% of contractual commission owed to employees.
• Employers cannot however reclaim the value of non-monetary benefits such as a company car.
• Directors who are furloughed can still perform their statutory duties, but no other work.
• ‘Workers’ (as opposed to employees) who are paid through PAYE can also be furloughed and receive support through the scheme.
• Employees can be furloughed, brought back to work and then furloughed again multiple times however each period of furlough leave must last for a minimum of three weeks.
• An employer must notify the employee of their furlough status in writing and keep a record of the written notification for five years.

Further guidance can be found here


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