We have today seen more details published by HMRC concerning the Job Retention Scheme.

The scheme works by placing eligible contractors on what’s known as ‘Furlough’. This means that whilst on furlough you cannot undertake work for or on behalf of the company, agency or end-client. You will still be allowed to take part in volunteer training or work as long as it does not provide services to or generate revenue for or on behalf of the company, agency or end-hirer.

If you are on sick leave or self-isolating you are eligible for Statutory Sick Pay but cannot be placed on furlough until after the period of sickness has ended.

If you are on Maternity Leave, adoption pay, paternity pay or shared parental pay the usual rules will still apply.

To be eligible to be placed on furlough, you must have been employed by the company on or before 28 February 2020 – if you started after this date you cannot be furloughed and would need to make claim for payment from the DWP. If you are unsure of your starting date you can contact us to find out, however for clarity, if you have received a payment from us for the week ending 1 March 2020 (tax week 48) then you may be eligible for the scheme.

Please note that this scheme is only open to those contractors who cannot work due to their usual place of work being shut down. If you are continuing to work, even with reduced hours, you will not be eligible for this scheme. We will liaise with your Agency to establish whether you are continuing to work or not.

We will aim to contact all of our contractors within the next 7 days to inform as to whether you are eligible or not, so we would ask for your continued patience while we resolve this matter.

The TJW Payroll Team