On Monday, England will move into step-four of the Government’s plan to ease the national lockdown, with this final step constituting the lifting of all social distancing measures.
This allows employers with furloughed staff to begin thinking about and planning for the return of their workforce, accommodating the venturing towards something closer to normality.
Additionally, as of this month, the cost of furloughing employees will increase profusely, meaning that bringing employees back to work becomes not just about normality, but practicality.
This blog article will outline changes to the furlough scheme from this month, until the end of September, when the scheme will come to an end.
For the entirety of this month, employers need to contribute 10 per cent for hours not worked (up to £312.50 per month) and the government will contribute the remaining 70 per cent.
For the entirety of August and September, employers will need to contribute 20 per cent for hours not worked (up to £625 per month) and the government will contribute the remaining 60 per cent.
As it currently stands, the scheme is due to end on 30th September 2021. Should this date be changed, however, we will be quick to notify you.
In March 2020, the requirement for right to work checks to be done in person was temporarily suspended, in light of the pandemic.
Since then, employers have been permitted to review scanned copies or photos of original documents, verifying these over a video call.
These temporary measures were due to end on 17th May, but were extended until 20th June, in order to align with the government’s timetable for the easing of lockdown restrictions. They have since been extended again with the continuation of restrictions.
The concession for employers to conduct right to work checks remotely has been extended until 31st August 2021, inclusive to both parties.
However, from 1 September 2021, employers will only be permitted to continue checking an applicant's right to work online if the applicant has provided the employer with their share code.
Otherwise, employers should revert to face-to-face checking of original documents.
If you have any further queries regarding the furlough scheme, simply call 01254 589799 and our team of attentive accountants will be more than happy to talk with you.