More specific information can also be found here:
- Furlough scheme
- Isolation notes
- Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) isolation payments to staff
Extended Job Retention and self-employed schemes - to September 2021
The flexible furlough scheme is extended till September 2021 with changes to the current scheme (as at March 2021) from July 2021. You can find more information here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/changes-to-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme
The scheme will cover 80% of wages for hours worked tapering to 60% over the coming months to September. Employers will only be asked to cover National Insurance and employer pension contributions for hours not worked. Businesses can place their workers on part-time hours and claim furlough payments on the hours not worked, thereby still enabling your workforce to earn 80% of their usual pay, capped at £2500 per month. Employers can bring back employees that were made redundant, provided they were on the payroll in October 2020.
- You and your employees do not need to have benefited from the scheme before claiming for periods from 1 November. Click here to go to GOV.UK for the full eligibility criteria.
- Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - view details here
- Check if you can claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - view details here
- Steps to take before calculating your claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - view details here
For details on how to obtain an isolation note, click here
Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) isolation payments to staff
It is important to note that failing to self-isolate after testing positive for Covid-19, or being exposed to someone who has, is now a criminal offence.
- Employers must not allow or require a worker/agency worker to work if they’re under an obligation to self-isolate, unless they are able to work while self-isolating (e.g. working from home).
- Workers must inform their employers about their self-isolation. Anyone who breaches the new rules commits a criminal offence and can be subject to an escalating fine starting from £1,000, up to a maximum of £10,000.
- If an employee needs to self-isolate due to contracting Coronavirus or being in contact with someone who has, and the employee is usually entitled to sick pay (https://www.gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay/eligibility), the employer must pay a minimum of Statutory Sick Pay (£19.17 per day) from day one, as long as the employee is off for at least four days.
- A low-income employee who is self-isolating may also be entitled to a £500 payment if they cannot work from home and face lost income as a result. Check eligibility & how to apply here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/test-and-trace-support-payment-scheme-claiming-financial-support
- Some employers can claim back up to two weeks of SSP. Check if you are eligible: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19