Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Treasury written question – answered on 29th April 2020.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether employees of umbrella companies can be furloughed beyond the dates of assignments with subcontractors.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is open to any individual who was on their employer’s PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020, where HMRC received an RTI submission notifying payment in respect of that employee on or before the 19 March 2020.

The scheme covers employees on any type of contract, including full-time, part-time, agency, flexible or zero-hour contracts. An employee on a fixed term contract can be furloughed, and if the employee’s fixed term contract has not already expired, it can be extended, or renewed.

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