HMRC have changed the date when an employee has to have been on the employer’s payroll to qualify for the furlough scheme. It has changed from 28 February 2020 to 19 March 2020.
The change was included in the fourth version of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance was published today.
This will benefit a large number of people who fell outside the scheme because they had recently changed jobs, although their new employer would need to have included them on an RTI report for PAYE purposes on or before 19 March 2020. Many employers who pay monthly at the end of each month will submit their RTI reports later in the month.
If you have any queries in relation to furlough leave or any other queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch on 01228 552600 or 01524 548494.
This alert does not provide a full statement of the law and readers are advised to take legal advice before taking any action based on the information contained herein.