Changes to CJRS grant claim calculations
From the beginning of this month the way in which variable paid employees’ furlough claims under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme) are calculated has changed.
The changes apply to any employees who are furloughed from 1 May 2021 onwards, regardless of whether or not they have been furloughed in the past.
The latest guidance confirms that any periods of SSP or other related leave taken in the 2019/20 tax year should not be included within the calculation for any claims made from 1 May 2021. If employers include these periods of leave, therefore resulting in a wrong calculation for that claim, it could invalidate the whole claim for the employee.
Claims in respect of periods up to and including 30 April 2021 can still include any periods of SSP or other related leave as the new rules are only relevant to claims relating to periods from 1 May 2021.
Eligibility requirements are also changing. Previously, only employees who were on the payroll from 30 October 2020 were eligible to be furloughed under the Scheme. From 1 May 2021, employees who were on PAYE on 2 March 2021 can now be furloughed.
Employers need to speak to their payroll provider to make sure that these changes are actioned if they are still using the Scheme.