Furlough From the 1st November
Following the further national lockdown starting on 5th November 2020 the CJRS which was due to close on 31 October 2020 has now been extended until the end of March 2021 although the Government have made it clear there will be a review in January 2021.
It has been confirmed that from 1st November 2020 until 31st January 2021 under the extended CJRS, employees may either be fully furloughed, or may be brought back to work for any amount of time and any shift pattern on either a full or a part-time basis.
Employers across the UK will be able to claim under the extended scheme and they do not need to have used the CJRS previously. The scheme will once again pay up to 80% of a person's wage up to £2500 per month. Employers will be able to claim for employees who were engaged and on the PAYE payroll on 30th October 2020. Employees must have received a payment of earnings between 20th March and 30th October 2020.
As with the CJRS previously, during the hours that employees are recorded as being on furlough they cannot do any work for their employer or any organisation linked to their employer, that makes money or provides services. Employees are still however able to take part in training, volunteer for another employer or organisation or work for another employer if their contract permits them to do so.
For further information on the extension of the CJRS and for the support for businesses and self-employed people generally then please refer to the official guidance at www.gov.uk.