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UK GOVERNMENT JOB SUPPORT SCHEME  

A new Job Support Scheme will be introduced from 1 November to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to coronavirus.

Under the scheme, which will run for six months and help keep employees attached to the workforce, the government will contribute towards the wages of employees who are working fewer than normal hours due to decreased demand.

Employers will continue to pay the wages of staff for the hours they work - but for the hours not worked, the government and the employer will each pay one third of their equivalent salary.

This means employees who can only go back to work on shorter time will still be paid two thirds of the hours for those hours they can’t work.

In order to support only viable jobs, employees must be working at least 33% of their usual hours. The level of grant will be calculated based on employee’s usual salary, capped at £697.92 per month.

The Job Support Scheme will be open to businesses across the UK even if they have not previously used the furlough scheme, with further guidance being published in due course.

Expansion of Job Support Scheme 

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak has announced (09 Oct) an expansion of the Job Support Scheme to support businesses across the UK required to close their premises due to coronavirus restrictions

  • Government will pay two thirds of employees’ salaries to protect jobs over the coming months.  Up to a maximum of £2,100 a month

The scheme will begin on 1 November and will be available for six months, with a review point in January. In line with the rest of the JSS, payments to businesses will be made in arrears, via a HMRC claims service that will be available from early December. Employees of firms that have been legally closed in the period before 1 November are eligible for the CJRS.

In England, cash grants for businesses required to close in local lockdowns also increased to up to £3,000 per month.  The UK Government states that the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will benefit from a £1.3 billion increase to their guaranteed funding for 2020-21 - allowing them to continue their response to Covid-19 including through similar measures if they wish. 

Parents returning to work after extended leave eligible for furlough

The UK Government has confirmed (9 June) that people on paternity and maternity leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for the UK government’s furlough scheme even after 10 June cut-off date. This will only apply where they work for an employer who has previously furloughed employees. This applies to people on adoption leave, shared parental leave, and parental bereavement leave.


UK Government
Statutory Sick Pay - Employer

This refund will cover up to 2 weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of COVID-19.  Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be eligible - the size of an employer will be determined by the number of people they employed as of 28 February 2020. Employers will be able to reclaim expenditure for any employee who has claimed SSP(according to the new eligibility criteria) as a result of COVID-19 

To access the scheme:

  • Employers should maintain records of staff absences and payments of SSP, but employees will not need to provide a GP fit note
  • Eligible period for the scheme will commence the day after the regulations on the extension of Statutory Sick Pay to those staying at home comes into force
  • The government will work with employers over the coming months to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible 


UK Government
Statutory Sick Pay – Employee [LIVE]

Statutory Sick Pay will be paid from day 1 instead of day 4 for those affected by coronavirus. 

To access the scheme:

  • If you have COVID-19 or are advised to stay at home, you can get an ‘isolation note’ by visiting NHS 111 online, rather than visiting a doctor. For COVID-19 cases this replaces the usual need to provide a ‘fit note’ (sometimes called a ‘sick note’) after 7 days of sickness absence.

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