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Job Support Scheme – Commencing on 1 November 2020

Please find attached information about the new Job Support Scheme that commences on 1 November 2020.

If you are considering using the JSS Open then please read the following below, which comes from HMRCs guidance:

JSS Open temporary working agreements

To be eligible for the grant, employers must have reached written agreement with their employee (or reached written collective agreement with a trade union where the relevant terms are determined by collective agreement) that they have been offered a temporary working agreement. The agreement must be available for view by HMRC on request.

This temporary working agreement must cover at least seven consecutive days.

Employers should discuss with their staff and make any changes to their employment contract by written agreement. When employers are making decisions, including deciding to whom they should offer reduced hours, equality and discrimination laws will apply in the usual way.

Employers must maintain records relating to the terms of the temporary working agreements for each employee, and:

  • make sure that the agreement is consistent with employment, equality and discrimination laws
  • keep a written record of the agreement for 5 years
  • keep records of how many hours employees work and the number of usual hours they are not working
  • this agreement must be made available to HMRC on request

Coronavirus – Changes to the Conronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) from 1 July 2020

Please find attached a briefing note on the proposed changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) from 1 July 2020. These changes were originally being proposed for 1 August 2020 but have now been brought forward to 1 July.

It is important to note that that the scheme will close to new entrants from 30 June so, given the 3 week minimum furlough period, an employer must have furloughed an employee by 10 June to be able to claim for them on the CJRS post 1 July 2020.