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The Government’s coronavirus retention scheme-what it means for employers


The government has just published Guidance for employers on the coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme. 

The guidance confirms that the scheme will be temporary and is open to all UK employers for at least three months starting from 1 March 2020.  

It is expected to be up and running by the end of April and is designed to support employers whose operations have been severely affected by coronavirus. 

Employers will be to use a portal to claim for 80% of furloughed employees’ (employees on a leave of absence) usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on that wage. Employers can use this scheme any time during this period. 

The scheme is open to all UK employers that had created and started a PAYE payroll scheme on 28 February 2020. 

Full details of the announcement can be found here. 

How we can help 

For further information on the implications for your business, please contact Sarah Everton on 01782 525012 or email sarah.everton@myerssolicitors.co.uk  

This article is for general information only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. Please note that the law may have changed since this article was published.