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9th September 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Changes

Filed Under: Coronavirus / COVID-19 updates

Over the next couple of months, the level of grant will reduce with the CJRS eventually coming to an end on 31 October 2020.

From September 2020:

  • The Government will pay 70% of wages up to the value of £2,187.50
  • Employers are required to pay 10% of wages to make up the furlough claim to 80% (up to the value of £2,500)
  • Employers must pay employers NIC & employers pension contributions

From October 2020:

  • The Government will pay 60% of wages up to the value of £1,875
  • Employers are required to pay 20% of wages to make up the furlough claim to 80% (up to the value of £2,500)
  • Employers must pay employers NIC & employers pension contributions

Job Retention Bonus Scheme 

From 1 February 2021, all businesses can apply for a £1,000 Job Retention Bonus for each employee brought back from furlough for at least 3 months. The employee must earn at least an average of £520 per month within the 3-month period covering November 2019 to January 2020.  More details about this process will be published in due course.

Employees Returning from Statutory Parental Leave

Employees whose parental leave started before 10 June 2020 and return after this date, can be furloughed for the first time providing they were on the company’s PAYE scheme on or before 19 March 2020 and the company had previously furloughed employees.

Overpaid Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme 

If you believe you’ve overclaimed through the CJRS you must notify HMRC within 90 days of receiving the grant or by 20 October 2020. If you do not do this, you may have to pay a penalty.

If you have any queries please feel free to contact us on 01903 300230.

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4th August 2020

Coronavirus – Options for Staff Having to Quarantine

Filed Under: Coronavirus / COVID-19 updates, THL News

Some people returning to the UK from overseas may need to self-isolate for 14 days, depending on the country they have travelled from.

Use the following link for up-to-date information about the self-isolation rules when returning to the UK:


Employees and workers who need to self-isolate should not leave their home to go to their workplace and should be encouraged to work from home where possible.

If the personal cannot work from home

Annual Leave
The employee may need to take extra annual leave to cover the 14 days of self-isolation.

Unpaid Leave
Where the employee has insufficient annual leave remaining, all or part of the time off required to self-isolate could be taken as unpaid leave.

Statutory Sick Pay
Employees are not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay if they are self-isolating but an employer an choose to pay them SSP if they want to.

If the employer and employee agree, and the employee has previously been furloughed, the employee could be put on furlough for the time they are self-isolating.

Granting Time Off and Cancelling Pre-Booked Holidays
If an employee wishes to change pre-booked time off, they will need to get agreement from their employer.

Employers have the right to tell their employees when to take holiday and can refuse annual leave requests if they believe the employee may need to self-isolate on their return to the UK.

We recommend that you seek professional advice from an employment lawyer should further information be required.

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14th July 2020

July 2020 Summer Economic Update Summary

Filed Under: THL News

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has delivered a 2020 Summer Economic Statement update outlining the Government’s plans to protect, support and create jobs as we enter the ‘Recovery Phase’ of the Cornavirus pandemic.


  • VAT on food, non-alcoholic drinks, accommodation and attractions in the hospitality and tourism industry is to be reduced from 20% to 5%
  • The reduction takes effect from 15 July 2020 until 12 January 2021

 Furlough (Job Retention Bonus Scheme)

  • Employers will get £1,000 for every furloughed employee they bring back to full time employment from November to January
  • Employees returning to work under the scheme need to earn on average at least £520 per month between the end of the Job Retention Scheme and the end of January 2021
  • The Job Retention Scheme will end in October

 Kick Start Scheme (16-24 year olds)

  • People aged 16-24 on Universal Credit will be eligible for six month work placements funded by the Government
  • The scheme will be open to funding applications from August 2020, with the first jobs starting in Autumn
  • Employers taking young people on will be funded to the tune of 100% of the minimum wage for 25 hours a week
  • Firms topping up wages beyond that if they want to will receive a £1,000 admin fee

 Supporting Jobs

  • Businesses can receive payments of £2,000 for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25, and a £1,500 payment for each new apprentice aged 25 and over, to run from 1 August 2020 to 31 January 2021

 Eat Out to Help Out

  • During August, every diner can receive a 50% discount of up to £10 per head on their meal, at any participating and eligible food service establishment

 Stamp Duty

  • Effective immediately, the Government will temporarily increase the Nil Rate Band of Residential SDLT to £500,000


  • The Government will provide at least £2 for every £1 spent by homeowners and landlords to make properties more energy efficient, up to £5,000 per household

If you would like more information on any of the points the Chancellor announced or how the plans affect your business, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team at THL.

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