Job Retention Scheme – launch day

Monday 20 April is an incredibly important day for all employers who have furloughed their workers.

The Job Retention Scheme (JRS) goes live at 8am on Monday with full digital support.The Chancellor announced the JRS on 20 March to enable employees to remain on the payroll through being ‘furloughed’.

Employers simply need to claim the cash grant from HMRC and, to support this, we’ve put in place an online application service which can handle up to 450,000 applications an hour. Employers should then receive the money to pay their employees within 6 days, enabling them to meet the April payroll.

HMRC emailed two million employers yesterday providing a link to a five-step guide to claiming, as well as warning them to be aware of scams circulating and informing them that they don’t need to call us unless they have a problem; this is to keep the lines free for those who really need us.

From the HMRC press office.

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