How to Furlough Employees and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Furlough Leave
In March 2020, the Coronavirus Job Retention (Furlough) Scheme (CJRS) was
set up by the Government to support UK employers who were severely affected
by coronavirus (COVID-19). It is a temporary wage support measure that is
designed to support jobs and help employers facing difficulties in paying
wages rather than laying off staff or making them redundant. The CJRS was
due to finish on 31 October 2020 but the planned closure has now been
postponed until 30 April 2021.
The Government originally intended to replace the CJRS with the Job Support
Scheme (JSS) as of 1 November. The JSS has now been postponed.
The £1,000 Job Retention Bonus, which was due to be paid in respect of
employees retained after furlough until the end of January 2021, has been
withdrawn. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said that a retention incentive will
be “deployed at the appropriate time” instead.
Please note that this information is subject to change and so it is
important to keep checking back for the most up-to-date information.
Updated guidance on the extended CJRS can be found here:
Part of the qualification process for the CJRS will require the employer to
designate affected employees as ‘furloughed workers’, and to notify
employees of this change. The following document is available in the
Employment Document folder:
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Furlough Leave Agreement
, which can be used to seek employees’ agreement to the Company placing
them on furlough leave.