The government will introduce a new Job Support Scheme from 1 November. The scheme is designed to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to COVID-19 in a bid to help keep employees on the books. And the government will contribute towards the hours not worked by the employee. The Job Support Scheme will open on 1 November 2020 and run for 6 months.
How it works
The company will continue to pay its employee for time worked, but the cost of hours not worked will be split between the employer, the Government (through wage support) and the employee (through a wage reduction), and the employee will keep their job.
The Government will pay a third of hours not worked up to a cap, with the employer also contributing a third. This will ensure employees earn a minimum of 77% of their normal wages, where the Government contribution has not been capped.
Employers using the Job Support Scheme will also be able to claim the Job Retention Bonus if they meet the eligibility criteria.
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