The Government has today published its 4th version of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. This has further clarifications with in it but the most important one is a change of date.
The qualifying date, the one when the employee has to have been on the payroll to qualify for being furloughed, has changed from 28 February to 19 March 2020.
This will bring into scope a large number of people who fell outside the scheme because they had recently changed jobs, with that process commencing before the crisis kicked in. The new, 19 March, date is just before the Chancellor announced details of the scheme, meaning it is still effective to prevent fraudulent claims. The Government is wary of claims by businesses hiring ghost employees to claim furlough payments in respect of, as those ghost employees will not have been on PAYE on 19 March.
Further details can be found following this link https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme
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