As the CJRS closes on 30th September 2021, many SMEs will be thinking about the next steps for employees and their business. What will happen when the furlough scheme comes to an end? HMRC have released a list of answers for frequently asked questions SMEs may be asking as the CJRS comes to an end.
What should SMEs do when the scheme closes?
They will need to:
- bring their employees back to work on their agreed terms and conditions
- agree any changes to their terms and conditions with them, or
- consider ending their employment.
When making decisions about how and when to end furlough arrangements, equality and discrimination laws will apply in the usual way.
When is the last claim for the CJRS?
The last day that you will be able to claim for is 30 September. Final claims for September must be submitted by Thursday 14 October.
Can SMEs claim CJRS for employees on notice periods?
Employers cannot claim CJRS grants for any days an employee is serving a contractual or statutory notice period, including notice of retirement, resignation or redundancy.
What support is available for SME’s employees if they’re unable to bring them back to work?
There’s UK Government support available for employees through the JobHelp website, offering a range of support, training and advice, to help people find their next opportunity. This includes the Kickstart scheme and other Plan for Jobs support measures, along with advice on learning new skills and sectors which are recruiting. Search ‘Plan for Jobs programmes’ on GOV.UK for more information.
Normal redundancy rules and protections apply to furloughed employees.
What support is available to help businesses grow after the CJRS has closed?
If your are looking to grow your business, the UK Government Help to Grow scheme offers management and digital programmes, to help you learn new skills and reach more customers. To register their interest, search ‘Help to Grow’ on GOV.UK.
If employers are considering taking on new employees, there’s a range of UK Government support available to help them, including placements, apprenticeships and training opportunities. Search ‘Plan for Jobs programmes for employers’ on GOV.UK to find out how your client’s business could benefit.
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If you would like to chat about what support is out there and practical steps you can take to protect your business, please do get in touch. You can contact the team here, or call our Southend office on 01702 466 886.