Last Friday (12th June) HMRC published the new Furlough Scheme guidance that will support the amendments that are coming to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from 1st July. The changes to the scheme had been announced previously, but the detail was missing.
The guidance now includes:
- Changes to the scheme and the key dates to be aware of.
- How to claim for ‘Flexible Furlough’ if you bring back employees on a part-time basis after 1st July.
- How many employees you can include in each claim.
- How to work out your claim, using the online calculator.
- Details about amending an earlier claim.
If you’re unsure about any of the new guidance, HMRC webinars are available to explain the processes to you. The next one for Flexible Furloughing is on Thursday June 18th and can be booked here.
Make sure your claim for periods ending on or before 30th June are made by 31st July. You cannot submit claims for this period beyond this date. Similarly, you can only claim for furloughed days in July from 1st July.
From 1st July you can start to bring your team back on a part-time basis, if you choose to do so. You will need to pay them in full for the hours they are working, and apply under the Furlough scheme for the hours they remain on furlough.
We would recommend that you show on your payslips the furloughed hours and the worked hours, to avoid any confusion. This will also ensure that the wage slips mirror the records of your claim, in case HMRC ask any questions later. We believe this is highly likely!
You can see the full guidance here.