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15th October 2020 Job Retention Bonus (JRS)

HMRC have announced more details on the Job Retention Bonus scheme they set forth in July. The JRS allows an employer to claim a one-off payment of £1000 per employee furloughed and claimed for through the CJRS and kept employed until at least 31st January. This money is to be paid to the employer and…

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1st October 2020 New Covid-19 Fines for Employers

From 28th September 2020 new regulations came into force whereby employers could face fines of up to £10,000 if they knowingly allow an employee to work when they should be self-isolating.   Where an employee resides with someone who has tested positive, or they themselves have tested positive, they are required by law to self-isolate…

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25th September 2020 HMRC Job Support Scheme (JSS)

On 24th September the government announced the launching in November of the Job Support Scheme to replace the existing Furlough Scheme that is feted to end on 31st October. The JSS is to run from 1st November through to 30th April, but initial rules may be amended after three months.   To qualify for the…

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16th September 2020 Redundancy Pay & Payment in Lieu of Notice (PILON)

HMRC have introduced legislation which ensures employee’s statutory rights, including redundancy pay and payment in lieu on notice (PILON), are based on an employee’s normal pay and not their furlough pay.   Redundancy pay   An employee is entitled to redundancy pay if they have been working for their current employer for 2 years or…

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15th September 2020 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Job Retention Bonus

We are halfway through September and this month sees one of the biggest changes to the current Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Employers now pay 10% of furloughed employees’ wages to make up 80% of their total wages up to a cap of £2,500, with the wage cap being proportional to the hours not worked.…

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31st July 2020 New grant for employing apprentices

A new scheme which will be launched next Monday, 3rd August to support non-levy paying businesses which recruit new apprentices aged 16-24.   The scheme is called Recruit – Retain – Reward and is provided by the apprenticeship teams at Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils.  It will pay the following:   £1,000 to businesses taking…

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17th July 2020 Talent Retention Scheme set to aid growth in the construction industry

As the country starts to emerge from the Coronavirus pandemic where many businesses have simply been striving to survive, the new focus is likely to become one of growth.  Many bodies and institutions around the world are therefore looking to offer help in bringing the economy up to full speed again and ensuring that it…

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7th July 2020 Tax Codes: Do you understand yours?

Your tax code can be confusing but it is extremely important to understand. That small string of numbers and letters informs your employer or pension provider how much tax free allowance you are entitled to.   An incorrect code will have very real consequences. If too much tax is being deducted from your monthly income,…

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16th June 2020 COVID-19 – Update to Scheme for Furloughed Employees

HMRC have issued a policy paper confirming  that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for employees that have been furloughed will close on 31 October 2020.  The policy paper also outlines the timetable for changes to the scheme over the coming months.   The policy paper can be found here:   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/changes-to-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme/changes-to-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme   At Whiting &…

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9th June 2020 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Changes

Urgent reminder that tomorrow (10th June) is the last day you can begin an employee on furlough for the first time, for the 3 weeks minimum on this first scheme. This is very important because if they are ever likely to want to furlough any employee from 1st July to 31st October on the ‘new’…

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