If there is one thing that we can be absolutely sure of in today’s strange times it’s that HMRC will always keep us on our toes with updating their guidance.
On 19 June 2020 they were at it again, though there are only three updated pieces. This is all in advance of the move to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme phase 2 from 01 July 2020, as per the 29 May 2020 announcement from the Chancellor:
Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
This guidance was first issued on 26 March 2020, updated for at least the 14th time on 19 June as follows:
- Information about exceptions for military reservists (i.e. the 21-day fixed furlough rule and 10 June 2020 deadline date does not apply to returners from military leave
This is as a result of the 15 June 2020 announcement when the Chancellor said that reservist serviceman and servicewomen in the army, navy and airforce returning from a period of service would not be affected by the 10 June 2020 deadline.
Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
This guidance was first issued on 14 May 2020, updated for about the 5th of 6th time, exactly as above (re military reservists).
Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
This guidance was first published on 20 April 2020, updated for the 10th time on 19 June 2020 as follows:
- Updated to tell employers to use a new template when claiming for more than 100 employees.
The new template referred to was also published on 19 June 2020 and must be used for uploads for 100 or more employees from 01 July 2020.