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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - What Notice Periods Can You Claim?

on Friday, 31 July 2020.

The Government released further guidance on what notice periods you can claim under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

On 17 July 2020, HMRC updated its guidance to confirm employers can claim for contractual notice periods for furloughed employees. As the previous guidance referred only to statutory notice pay, there had been some debate surrounding the issue. HMRC's updated guidance therefore provides welcome clarification of the point. 

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The updated guidance, like the versions before it, continues to confirm the scheme cannot be used to claim any redundancy payments. This essentially means employers can use the scheme to reclaim notice pay, subject to the applicable cap, but must fund redundancy payments separately.

The latest guidance from HMRC in full can be found here.

For specialist legal advice regarding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, please contact Michael Halsey in our Employment team on 07554 432829, or complete the form below.

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