27 March 2020

HMRC have today released further details with regards to the Job Retention Scheme an Furloughing employers.

Please see the following link for full details:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

HMRC are planning to have the scheme up and running by the end of April.

We are currently talking with an HR expert barrister about a template letter to send to employees. When we have it we will release it first on this blog.

We are posting verified information on our blog www.helpboxuk.com. We don’t want to provide rumour or misinformation. Therefore, whilst we have a constant stream of information regarding financial help etc. we are only releasing the information once we have verified it.

What to tell your employees:

What to tell your employees who are being placed on the Government Furlough scheme. The advice we have received from an HR solicitor is that we should keep any letter as simple as possible. To include the following:

  • The employees name
  • The employees address
  • Date of issue
  • That you are placing them on the Government Corona virus Job Retention Scheme and that the Government will be paying 80% of their salary (up to the maximum allowed by the scheme).
  • Include in the letter the date when you are proposing to place them on the scheme.
  • Give them the option to reject the proposal to be placed on the scheme.
  • You can if you wish ask the employee to sign to accept or decline the offer.

Other things to consider as some employees might be restricted or have other entitlements such as:

  • Employees who are on:
    • Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
    • Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)
    • In receipt of Universal Credit
  • PLEASE NOTE: Once an employee is on furlough they will not be able to work for you their employer, but they can undertake training or volunteer subject to public health guidance, as long as they’re not:
    • making money for you their employer
    • providing services to you their employer