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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

In response to the recent announcement by the government about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), ForeTwo Group welcomes this move to help employees who have been sent home due to client site closures and unable to work from home or effectively laid off and unable to find alternative work during these uncertain times.

 

If you were on a live assignment which has be interrupted or terminated due to the coronavirus, you may be eligible to be furloughed, please let us know ASAP by emailing us at furlough@foretwogroup.co.uk and we will respond with a questionnaire to complete. Upon receipt of the completed questionnaire, we will then obtain confirmation from your agency and the client so we can furlough you. Once we have received confirmation from your agency and we have all the necessary information we require to make a decision on whether we can provide furlough payments, we will write to you to formally advise you of the change of your employment status, to which you will need to reply confirming your acceptance.

One of the key questions we urgently need an answer to is whether umbrella employees can be paid 80% of average earnings which combine the national minimum wage and the discretionary bonus elements (Additional Taxable Pay), or just 80% of national minimum wage.

We are liaising with the FCSA (our industry trade body) who are actively engaged with the government and the Treasury to get detailed clarification on the above point and others that are specific to umbrella payroll providers such as ourselves.

We are committed to helping our workers during this crisis and are eagerly awaiting further details so we can do our bit to help where we can.

 

Key points raised in the government’s guidance:

  • The scheme will be open for 4 months, effective from 01 March 2020
  • The pay will be the lower of 80% of the regular wage or a maximum of £2,500 per month based on usual working hours but cannot include discretionary bonus or commission payments
  • To be eligible, employees must have been on the employers PAYE payroll on or before 19th March 2020 – employees engaged/or receiving their first pay after 19th March 2020 cannot be furloughed
  • Public Sector workers should be eligible for pay via the public sector body they are on assignment with. See the section ‘Who Can Claim’ on the guidance (link below) for a summary relating to the Public Sector.
  • The CJRS is for PAYE employees, not for self-employed CIS workers. Employees cannot undertake paid work for the employer whilst on furlough
  • Employees must be furloughed for a minimum of 3 weeks; claims can be backdated to 01 March 2020 if applicable
  • The wage will be subject to income tax and other deductions
  • If an employee is working on reduced hours or pay, they are not eligible
  • Employees on sick leave or self-isolating should get SSP and not be furloughed

Useful links:

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

Cabinet Office guidance for Public Sector workers:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877221/PPN02_20-Contingent-Workers-Impacted-by-Covid-19-2.pdf

Governments guidance for the Self-employed workers:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

Claim for Universal Credit:

https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit/how-to-claim

We understand it is a difficult time for all, and we are working to make the necessary changes to help where we can, so please bear with us.

 

Keep safe and well