CJRS, Furlough and Part-time Working Updateby The Payroll Manager on 06/16/20
The government has released more information today about furloughing and part-time workers.
The aim is to get people back to work so from 1st July 2020 you will be able to employ staff on a part-time basis while furloughing them for the hours they do not work. There is no minimum or maximum percentage of hours that an employee can work but it will be crucial that you communicate to us the amount of hours each employee has actually worked within the pay period; we can then top up their pay using the data we have from previous payments under the Coronavirus job retention scheme.
This will be a simple task for regular paid employees because we can calculate a straightforward percentage of contracted hours worked. In the case of irregular employees, with variable hours or zero hour contracts, we will need to utilise the averages that we have already calculated.
Clearly some industries will not be able to restart on 1st July 2020 so employees can still be kept on full furlough.
There are two important dates to note:
1. All CJRS claims for periods up to and including 30th June must be claimed by 31st July. So if you have not made a claim then time is running out fast.
2. All CJRS claims for dates on or after 1st July must be claimed from 1st July and not before. So the timing of claims for weekly paid staff will be crucial.