You can start bringing your furloughed employees back to work part time from 1st July 2020.
Following on from our previous email about changes to furlough from July to October 2020 – here is a recap and some more information.
Recap on Employer Contributions to the Furlough Pay
From August, the grant will change as follows:
- July – the government will continue to pay 80% of wages capped at £2,500 as well as Employers National Insurance and Pension contributions
- August – The government will continue to pay 80% of wages capped at £2,500 BUT Employers National Insurance and Pension contributions will be paid by the employer
- September – The government will pay 70% of wages capped at £2,187.50 – employers will pay the additional 10% to make this up to 80% along with ER NIC and Pension contributions
- October – the government will pay 60% of wages capped at £1,875 – employers will pay the additional 20% to top this up to 80% along with ER NIC and pension contributions
Remember that if you are a small employer the employer NIC bills will still be covered by your Employment Allowance.
Who can you claim for and when:
- From 1 July 2020 employers can part-furlough their employees, so that they can start making the right decisions to get their business back up and running.
- Employers can bring furloughed employees back to work for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim the furlough grant for the hours not worked.
- Employers can claim the furlough grant for the hours your employees don’t work, compared to the hours they would’ve normally worked in that period
- Employers can continue to choose to top up employee wages above the 80% total and £2,500 cap for the hours not worked, at their own expense
- You can still keep employees on full furlough if you need to
- For payroll periods on or after 1 July, the maximum employees you can claim for can’t be higher than the maximum you’ve previously claimed for.
- The first time you can claim for July furloughed days is 1 July, you can’t claim for periods in July before this date
Bringing employees back part time
- You no longer need to keep an employee furloughed for 3 weeks
- You can set their work hours and shifts so that they work when you have work for them to do
- They can be furloughed for part of the week and work part of the same week
Calculating Flexible Furlough
- This is going to be complicated so we are going to need your help to keep very clear records of each employee and the days they have worked or are furloughed. We will be asking for this towards the end of July so please be very clear with your answers so we can accurately calculate your CJRS claims for each month and get the claims in promptly so you receive the funds quickly.
- We will be asking you for a list of Part furloughed employees in the middle of July.
- We will be calculating this on a day rate basis, if you are intending to furlough employees for part days/hours then there will be an additional charge for us to calculate this for you. This charge will be at £25 per employee per claim.
As always we are here to help, so please do shout if you have any specific queries.