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Employer Update - Coronavirus Job Retention Fund and Statutory Sick Pay

There are new deadlines for Coronavirus Job Retention Fund claims

Please Note: Deadline to submit claims for November was 14th December 2020 by 11:59pm

Deadline to submit claims for December 14th January 2021 by 11:59pm

Deadline to submit claims for January 15th February 2021 by 11:59pm

Deadline to submit claims for February 15th March 2021 by 11:59pm

Deadline to submit claims for March 14th April 2021 by 11:59pm

Further information about making a claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme can be found here.

You can furlough employees either fully (employees must not undertake any work for you while furloughed) or flexibly (employees cannot undertake any work for you during furloughed hours) and must have been employed by you on 30th October 2020. You do not have to have previously claimed for this employee through the scheme.

Although flexible furlough agreements can last any amount of time, unless otherwise specified the period you claim for must be for a minimum claim period of seven calendar days.

Further eligibility information can be found here.


Statutory Sick Pay Claims

As a reminder, as an employee you can claim back up to 2 weeks Statutory Sick Pay for employees (full/part time; zero hour contracts; agency; flexible/fixed term contracts) if:

  1. You have already paid your employee’s sick pay (you can use the SSP calculator to find out how much should be paid)
  2. Your employee is eligible for sick pay due to coronavirus
  3. You have a PAYE scheme that was created and started on/before 28th February 2020
  4. You had fewer than 250 employees on 28th February 2020 across all your PAYE schemes

Employees do not have to provide a doctor’s note but you may ask them to provide an isolation note from NHS 111 or a shielding note from a doctor/health authority.

Employers can make more than one claim per employee, but cannot claim more than 2 weeks in total. Claims can be made if an employee:

  1. Has coronavirus symptoms
  2. Is self-isolating due to symptomatic household member
  3. Is self-isolating as notified by NHS/public health body that they are a close contact of a positive case
  4. Has been advised by letter to shield
  5. Has been notified by NHS to self-isolate for up to 14 days before surgery

Further information is available here.



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