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Important amendment to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC has published updated guidance about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. This is the fourth version of the guidance since it was initially announced last month.

Originally, to qualify for the scheme employees had to have been on an employer’s payroll on or before 28 February 2020. This meant a lot of employees who had switched jobs just prior to the pandemic were unable to benefit from the scheme.

HMRC has now amended the guidance so that employees need only have been on the payroll since 19 March (instead of 28 February) to try and catch those who would otherwise have slipped through the net.

If you require more information such as how to put arrangements in place with your staff to enable you to utilise the scheme then please do not hesitate to get in touch with Katherine Maxwell on 023 8071 8094 or by email