Coronavirus – job support scheme faqs
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is to end 31st October 2020 and in recognising the ongoing impact Covid -19 is having on businesses, the Government announced the launch of the Job Support Scheme (JSS) to take affect from 1st November 2020 which is to last for 6 months.
The JSS applies to current staff whether previously been on furlough or not and requires them to be retained on shorter hours by agreement.
The criteria for this scheme significantly differs from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and on 22nd October 2020. The government announced a new JSS Open and JSS Closed schemes.
JSS Open will help reduce the financial cost to the employer in employing employees who would otherwise be at risk of redundancies and thus increasing the cost to the government. It is aimed at the protection of viable jobs in businesses who can operate safely but are facing lower demand over the winter period due to Covid 19 thus to avoid mass redundancies.
JSS Closed will apply where the employer has been legally required to closer the premises as a direct result of coronavirus restrictions set by one of or more of the four UK government.
Full details of the JSS are available on the GOV UK website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-job-support-scheme/the-job-support-scheme.
*Please read these FAQs in conjunction with the official guidance for employers and employees. The following material is provided only as a guide and is not legal advice. You are strongly advised to seek advice from a qualified legal practitioner regarding your individual circumstances.
You can access support through the Chamber HR Service – Members can call the advice line on 01455 852037 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If your business needs short term cash flow support, the government have introduced financial support schemes. Full details are available on the Gov UK website – https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/financial-support-for-businesses-during-coronavirus-covid-19