Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended to 30 April 2021
On Monday 25 January 2021, the Treasury exercised its powers under sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 to issue a new Treasury Direction in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme).
In effect, the purpose of the new Direction is to confirm that that the Scheme is extended until 30 April 2021 and modify the Scheme rules that apply for the period 1 February 2021 to 30 April 2021.
The Direction confirms that furlough pay for the periods of March and April 2021 should be calculated using the corresponding month in March and April 2019 (rather than using the corresponding months from last year). The purpose of this is to ensure employers calculate furlough pay using pre-coronavirus figures as many employees who are currently on furlough would also have been receiving reduced pay in March and April 2020.
Finally, the Direction confirms that the deadline for employers to amend a claim under the Scheme has been extended.