Fixing the furlough headache

Carolyn Brown and Susan Ball examine the details of what you need to know about implementing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

On 20 March 2020, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was introduced to provide a support grant for all employers who could not maintain their workforce because their operations had been affected by Covid-19. On 7 June, 8.9 million employees from 1.1 million employers were furloughed at a cost of £19.6 billion.

This eight month scheme is in two parts: one for four months from 1 March to 30 June; and then another on different terms from 1 July to 31 October 2020. From 30 June, employers will only be able to furlough those they furloughed for a full three-week period prior to 30 June, requiring them to have furloughed employees by 10 June, sparing some caveats to accommodate those where this would be hard to achieve.