HELP for employees and workers – #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – does my employer have to lay me off / make me redundant because of #COVID19

Are you at risk of loosing your job or income as a result of #COVID19 #coronavirus?

Speak with your employer to see if they would agree to use the governments Job Protection Scheme?

If you and your employer both agree, your employer might be able to keep you on the payroll if they’re unable to operate or have no work for you to do because of coronavirus (COVID-19). This is known as being ‘on furlough’.

Your employer could pay 80% of your wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, up to a monthly cap of £2,500.

You’ll still be paid by your employer and pay taxes from your income. You cannot undertake work for your employer while on furlough. You can do some forms of training.

Check if you’re eligible

Both you and your employer must agree to put you on furlough – so speak to your employer about whether they can claim. You cannot apply for the scheme yourself. Once agreed your employer must write to you confirming you have been furloughed to be eligible to claim.

Any UK employer with a UK bank account will be able to claim, but you must have been on your employer’s PAYE payroll on 28 February 2020. You can be on any type of contract, including a zero-hours contract or even a temporary contract.

This scheme does not apply if you are self-employed or to any income from self-employment. If you self employed there are alternate schemes see

For more details for employees see

PAYadvice.UK 26/3/2020

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