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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended


On 31 October  2020 Boris Johnson announced that, due COVID 19 cases rising rapidly, further restrictions will be imposed and people are now being required to stay at home  except for specific purposes and certain businesses and venues will be closed.

In order to support business and protect jobs  the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended until December and the start of the Job Support Scheme postponed. It was subsequently announced on 5 November that the CJRS will be in place until 31 March 2021.

We are still waiting for further details but for now the terms of the extended CJRS are:

  • Neither the employer or employee needs to have previously used the CJRS
  • To be eligible, employees must be on an employer’s PAYE payroll by 23:59 on 30 October 2020
  • Employees can be on any type of contract
  • Employers can agree any working arrangement with the employee so ‘flexible furlough’ continues
  • Employers can claim the grant for the hours not worked
  • For hours not worked the government will pay 80% wages up to a cap of £2,500 per month
  • Employers must pay:
    • employer NICs and pension contributions; and
    • for hours worked at the normal rate of pay
  • Any claim must be for a minimum 7 consecutive day period
  • Employers can top up an employees pay if they wish
  • As before, there needs to be a written agreement in place to confirm the terms and the employees consent

Further details can be found here –  Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended

Details of the original scheme can be found here CJRS but this still needs to be updated to reflect that employers do not have to have previously used the scheme and employees are eligible if on payroll by 23:59 on 30 October 2020.

If you need advice in respect of the extended CJRS or any other employment matter then please do contact Paula Stuart on 07887 998799 or Stuart Snelson on 07715 110425 and they can advise you and guide you through the process.


  • Paula Stuart Partner
    Employment 01908 689345
    Paula has over 20 years’ experience practising employment law and provides clear and practical advice to all clients in all aspects of employment matters. Paula also delivers bespoke seminars to clients to meet their specific training needs. Recent courses include ‘The Essentials of Employment Law’ and ‘Best Practice when Managing Redundancies’


  • Stuart Snelson Partner
    Employment 07715 110425
    Stuart is Head of the Employment Department and has over 20 years’ experience advising on all aspects of employment and pensions law.   His partner led service provides practical and commercially focused advice to a wide range of local, national and international clients on the whole range of work related matters.