New Job Support Scheme
29 September 2020
At the end of last week the Chancellor announced that a new Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be launched with effect from 1 November 2020, running for the six months through to 30 April 2021.
To qualify under the JSS, employees must work at least one third of their normal working hours. They will be paid in full for these hours. On top of this, 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.
As soon as the detailed guidance on the new job support scheme is available we will publish guidance notes for churches as employers. In the meantime, you can access the factsheet published by the government.
End of the furlough scheme
The staff furlough scheme will end with effect from 31 October 2020, which means that employers need to consult with staff on furlough now to agree what will happen after the end of October. The last date for making a furlough grant claim will be 30 November 2020.
When the scheme ends employers have five potential options:
bring employees back full-time;
agree reduced working hours with some or all staff;
furlough staff for a further period (at the expense of the employer not the government);
consider redundancies; or
start to use the new job support scheme to support part time working for roles that continue to be viable jobs.
More information to help churches as employers will be published as soon as the detailed government guidance is available.