Since the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was first thrust upon us just over 10 months ago, it has acted as an unprecedented support mechanism in helping employers and employees across the whole of the United Kingdom cope with the uncertainty in surviving as a business whilst also retaining employees in their jobs. Although all jobs have not been saved, thousands of jobs, have thankfully been saved due to the scheme.
When entering 2020 we were fully expecting the year to largely be focussed on two topics: sustainability and growth funding. To a large extent, both topics have still been highly prevalent, albeit funding often being required to strengthen cash flows rather than to pursue ambitious growth.
With Christmas only one month away, employers and employees will now be thinking ahead on what this means during Christmas when most employers shutdown or employees request holidays during the festive period.
Additional guidance was released by the government yesterday afternoon, Thursday 5th November 2020, outlining further changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which came into effect on 1st November 2020.
As we edge closer to April 2021 when the private sector will be hit with new IR35 legislation, pushing responsibilities for contractor assessments and deduction of tax up the contractual chain, it is now time for businesses to dust off their IR35 plans from earlier this year for the original implementation date of April 2020.
On Friday afternoon the government issued some updates to the guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and published new guidance for the Job Retention Bonus (JRB) alongside how it will interact with the new Job Support Scheme (JSS). The following information is a summary of the most important points to be aware of.