REMINDER: Job Retention Scheme closes the end of this month

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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will close on September 30.

The government scheme was introduced to allow employers, with less or no work available because of Covid-19, to continue to pay their employees.

For September employers can claim 60% of furloughed employees' usual wages for the hours not worked, up to a cap of £1,875 per month per employee.

They’ll need to contribute 20% from their own funds so that furloughed employees continue to be paid at least 80% of their usual wages in total, for the hours they do not work (up to a cap of £2,500 a month).

Final claims for September must be submitted by Thursday‌‌, October, 14.  

If you are an employer and making a redundancy you must use the employee’s full normal pay in relation to their notice pay when working out what they are owed.

You cannot use Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) pay when making this calculation.

“This is causing a lot of confusion,” said Lisa McLeod, payroll manager at Ellis & Co.

“When calculating notice, an employee’s normal pay must be used and not based on the amount they receive through the CJRS scheme,  for the redundancy element you will need to pay in accordance with your contract or Statutory Redundancy whichever is applicable.

“For example if an employee is paid £400 a week and has been receiving CJRS payments at 80% of their wage you cannot use that amount but the £400 they would usually be paid.”

If you need any further information on this or any other payroll matter please contact Lisa on 01244 343504.

Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, Chester & Wrexham - 01244 343504, info@ellis-uk.com