Changes to the Job Retention Scheme from September

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Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be brought in from September 1 that employers need to be aware of.

From 1 September, CJRS will pay 70% of usual wages up to a cap of £2,187.50 per month for the hours furloughed employees do not work.

You will still need to pay your furloughed employees at least 80% of their usual wages for the hours they do not work, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

You will need to fund the difference between this and the CJRS grant yourself.

The caps are proportional to the hours not worked.

For example, if your employee is furloughed for half their usual hours in September, you are entitled to claim 70% of their usual wages for the hours they do not work up to £1,093.75 (50% of the £2,187.50 cap).

You will continue to have to pay furloughed employees’ National Insurance (NI) and pension contributions from your own funds.

Making sure your data is right

It is important that you provide all the data HMRC need to process your claim.

Payment of your grant may be at risk or delayed if you submit a claim that is incomplete or incorrect, so we want to help you get this right.

For further information on this or any other payroll matter contact Lisa McLeod, payroll manager on 01244 343504.