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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – FAQ For Employees

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At the schemes peak in May, 30% of the UK workforce was furloughed with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

With its extension until March 2021, we’ve put together a FAQ for employees with some common questions and answers.

How long will the CJRS last?

Currently the government have extended the scheme until 31.03.2021.

What percentage of my salary will I receive?

Employees will receive 80% of their basic salary for hours not worked for claim period running until January 2021.  In January the government will review this and decide whether the employer needs to contribute more.

Can I be put on CJRS if I have just been employed by a company?

Only employees who were on the payroll on the 30th October 2020 can go onto the CJRS.

Can I work if I have been put on CJRS?

Employers can put an employee on CJRS on either a full or part-time basis.

Should I have been furloughed previously in order to be put on the CJRS scheme now?

Employees do not need to have been furloughed under the CJRS previously.

Can I be put on CJRS if I need to shield?

Employees can be furloughed where they are unable to work because they are shielding in line with current government guidelines or where they need to shield as someone they live with has to shield.

Can I be furloughed to look after my children?

Where an employee has to look after a child as a result of Covid -19 then this employee can be furloughed.

Can I be furloughed if I become ill with Covid -19 rather than receive SSP?

This will be up to the employer as to whether they continue to use the furlough scheme or put the employee on SSP.

Can I be re-employed by my employer where I was made redundant?

Employees that were on the pay roll on 23rd September 2020 who were made redundant and now be reemployed and claimed for.

Can I work whilst I am on furlough?

As with the previous scheme employees are unable to carry out work for the employer unless they have opted to only furlough the employee for part of the time.

What rights do I have whilst I am on furlough?

All employee rights continue whilst they are furlough.  This includes the following:

  • SSP
  • annual leave
  • maternity and other parental rights
  • rights against unfair dismissal
  • redundancy payments
  • to be paid at least statutory National Minimum Wage for hours worked.

Do I still need to pay tax?

Employees will still need to pay tax as they normally would with their usual wages.