Contributed by MHA Larking Gowen
26/03/2020 - MHA Larking Gowen
As the government introduces measures in order to halt the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Chartered Accountants, MHA Larking Gowen, understands that employers are attaching considerable importance to the Government’s announcement of support.
They are working hard to keep businesses up to date on breaking information, and have developed a COVID-19 Hub on their website, dedicated to commenting on all information delivered by the Government, including the The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS) >> https://www.larking-gowen.co.uk/coronavirus/
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS) is a grant (through reimbursement to employers) of up to 80% of furloughed workers’ wage costs, subject to a cap of £2,500 per month.
The pressure now, however, is on the Government to deliver on the detail, if it’s to be effective in preserving jobs, as employers struggle with immediate cashflow demands and a lack of certainty as to quite what amounts will be reimbursed to them and when.
Further details on how to access this and what further information will be required will be released in coming days. A new system for reimbursement will be required so payment is not expected until late April.
MHA Larking Gowen has produced a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme brochure, which goes into more detail, such as it is available, and provides useful guidance. The important thing is that the JRS is intended to cover the cost of wages backdated to 1 March 2020, for a period of at least three months, so it should provide some material relief if delivered to employers in time. The aim is that this should be within the next few weeks!
If it isn’t, employers may face some difficult decisions in terms of knowing whether they can afford to embark on the process of furloughing employees, whether they need to find alternative finance in the interim or whether they’ll need to consider other options.
A spokesperson for MHA Larking Gowen has said; “We remain optimistic that this presents a viable option for many employers and employees where the alternative would be laying off and redundancies, which can only inhibit a speedy return to growth. For that reason, we encourage all of their clients and contacts who act as employers (all are eligible regardless of size or industry, for profit, or not for profit) to consider whether the JRS might work for them, and to continue to seek their advice regarding the financial implications and ongoing developments.
“Equally, don’t forget that the furloughing of employees has employment law consequences. We therefore recommend that if you have any doubts as to who might be included, and the proper implementation, your HR or employment law adviser should be consulted.”
If you have any queries, or would like to discuss your requirements for the next step, please get in touch with your usual MHA Larking Gowen contact in the first instance or at email@example.com.
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