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On 24 September 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced new measures designed to protect viable jobs within businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter period due to COVID-19.

What has changed and what do these new changes mean for employers?

What is the Job Support Scheme?

The Job Support Scheme (“the Scheme”) will be implemented from 1 November 2020 and it is due to run for 6 months.

Employers are required to continue paying employees as normal for the hours that they have worked. However, where employees have worked a minimum of 33% of their normal hours, the government and the employer will step in and each pay 1/3 of the employee’s outstanding salary.

Using this example where the employee has worked 33% of their normal hours, the government and the employer will each pay 1/3 of the outstanding 67% of the employee’s salary. The employee will therefore earn a minimum of 77% of their normal wages under the Scheme.

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The percentage paid to the employee will naturally differ depending on the percentage of normal hours worked by the employee. For example, if the employee has worked 40% of their normal hours, the government and employer will each pay 1/3 of the outstanding 40% and the employee would therefore earn 80% of their normal wages.

The idea is that the employer, government, and employee each split the burden of the outstanding normal wages in 1/3’s. The employer and government are burdened via wage support, and the employee is burdened via a wage reduction.

The government’s grant is capped at £697.72 per month and the employer is still liable for NICs and pension contributions. We anticipate that normal wages will be calculated in a similar method to calculations under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough), but we await further information. Employers will be able to claim online from December 2020 and will receive payments on a monthly basis from the government.

Please note, the government are set to review the minimum 33% that the employee must work to be eligible for the Scheme in three months time.

Who is eligible under the Job Support Scheme?

The Scheme is open to all employers with a UK bank account and a UK PAYE scheme. Employees must be on the employer’s payroll on or before 23 September 2020. Employees can “cycle” on and off the Scheme but each working arrangement must be a minimum 7 days long.

The Scheme can be used regardless whether or not the employer/employee had used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough).

Employers using the Scheme will still be able to claim the Job Retention Bonus for employees returning to work following furlough. This is a further incentive for employers to keep staff where possible.

It is worth noting that employees can not be made redundant or put on notice of redundancy during the period in which the employer is claiming the Government grant for the employee.

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We hope to receive further information from the government in the next few days with further details of the Scheme.

If you are a business looking for help in implementing the Scheme, or you are looking for further advice on how to support your staff please contact our team of employment specialists today or call us on 08008321554.

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