2. Changes to Job Retention Scheme / Furlough
There has been another change to the Government’s Job Retention Scheme. The qualifying date on which an employee had to be on their employer’s payroll to be eligible for furloughing under the scheme has changed from 28 February 2020 to 19 March 2020. The Chancellor has also made a Treasury Direction, which sets out that HMRC are responsible for the payment and management of amounts to be paid under the scheme. This paves the way for the online service for employers to make claims to be launched later this month.