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Furlough scheme update – Publication of claims and employees serving notice
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that employees serving notice cannot be claimed for from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) from 1 December 2020 onwards.
It has also confirmed further details of plans to disclose details of claims made by employers from December onwards.
The change means employers cannot claim furlough grants in respect of employees serving any contractual or statutory notice periods from 1 December onwards. This includes employees serving notice of redundancy, as well as those who are serving notice of resignation or retirement.
In circumstances from 1 December onwards where you have already submitted a claim and an employee subsequently begins a notice period, you must make an adjustment.
For claims relating to November, you can still claim for employees serving statutory notice periods. However, CJRS grants cannot be used to substitute redundancy payments.
Redundancies must be made in accordance with employment law, while statutory redundancy and statutory notice pay must be calculated based on an employee’s usual wages.
Publications of claims
HMRC has also published further details of plans to publish information about claims for periods from December onwards.
HMRC previously confirmed plans to publish the names and registration number of limited companies and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) claiming CJRS grants.
It has now clarified that this applies to all employers claiming from the scheme, including individuals, ordinary partnerships and trusts, unless they can demonstrate doing so would lead to a “serious risk of violence or intimidation”.
HMRC will require evidence of this threat, which could include:
- A police incident number;
- Documentary evidence of a threat or attack; or
- Evidence of possible disruption or targeting.
At the same time, HMRC has also said that, in addition to employer names and reference numbers, it will also publish “an indication of the value of the claim”.
Further information about what this will mean in practice and how to request that claim information is not published is expected by the end of November.
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