The government recently announced a new Job Support Scheme to take effect on 1st November 2020. Originally announced at the end of September, it was extended to support businesses required to close and, as of last week, has been updated to reduce the costs to employers.
The new scheme will have two strands. The first is a general scheme, known as the Job Support Scheme Open (JSS Open) which will provide support to pay the wages of employees who are working reduced hours.
The second is an extension known as the Job Support Scheme Closed (JSS Closed) to pay 2/3 of wages for employees in businesses are forced to close by the government as a result of COVID-19 related restrictions. Find out more about the Job Support Scheme.
If you wish further details about both Job Support Schemes, we can provide a briefing note which contains a more detailed overview, eligibility and conditions for claiming and guidance for calculating wages and hours.
The briefing note also explains the requirement to agree changes in working hours with employees in writing. Our employment team can assist with providing a template agreement for this purpose. If you wish to discuss this further please contact us at email@example.com.