Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Treasury written question – answered on 11th June 2020.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) rights and (b) support is available to workers who were informed that they would be furloughed by an employer that has not gone on to honour that commitment.

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

All employers participating in the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be required to pay furloughed staff at least 80% of their regular wages or £2,500 per month.

If workers are concerned they are not receiving this, the employee should report the employer to HMRC via HMRC’s online fraud reporting tool: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/customs-excise-and-vat-fraud-reporting.

The Government will retain the right to retrospectively audit all aspects of the CJRS with scope to claw back fraudulent or erroneous claims.

Statutory employment rights will continue to apply to employees on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in the same way as before. Unless otherwise agreed, the employer must maintain all other employee benefits as per their employment contract.

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