THE leave plan opened today for applications from companies that must pay 11 million people who cannot work due to coronavirus.
The government’s continued coronavirus program can pay employees up to £ 2,500 per month. Here is everything you need to know about the program, including how to apply.
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What is the government leave plan?
Simply put, if your employer is forced to close temporarily because of a coronavirus, they can use an online portal to claim 80% of your salary, which they will then pay to employees.
Claims are however capped at £ 2,500 per month for each employee, so if you generally earn a lot more than that, you will see a bigger drop in wages.
Payments can be backdated until March 1, 2020 and must last at least three weeks.
Once your company has applied, you probably won’t see any money coming in until the end of April.
Today, the government’s website for program applicants has opened.
The program was scheduled to end on May 31, but the government announced on April 17 that it would be extended by one month until the end of June 2020 and could be extended again if necessary.
Your business can top up the rest of your money, but most businesses are seriously affected and have chosen not to.
Employers can also claim employers’ national insurance contributions and minimum automatic retirement contributions.
The coronavirus retention program is not intended to be used for short-term illnesses and there is a minimum leave period of three weeks.
When will vacation payments be made?
Although leave for leave is retroactive to March 1, the portal that employers must use to record your leave status was launched at 8 a.m. on April 20.
This means that you will probably not see any money until the end of April, once the system is fully operational.
Some employers can choose to pay staff in the interim and then claim the money from government, but they don’t have to.
Which employees can obtain retirement leave?
The individuals were originally required to be employed by February 28, 2020 to be eligible for leave.
But the government has extended that to everyone employed on or before March 19 – the day before the program was announced.
Employees on fixed-term contracts may also be placed on leave and your contracts may be renewed or extended during the period of leave.
If your contract ends because it is not extended or renewed, your employer will no longer be able to claim for you.
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If you have been put on leave without pay, you can still be put on leave as long as your leave started after March 19.
Employees who were employed on February 28 and on the payroll and who were laid off or stopped working for the employer after that may also be eligible if their employer re-employs and puts them on leave – but they have not not have to do it.
Apprentices can be put on leave in the same way as other employees and can continue to train during the leave.
But companies must pay apprentices at least the apprenticeship minimum wage, the national living wage or the national minimum wage for all the time you spend in training.
This means that the bosses must cover any gap between the 80 percent that the plan will pay and the minimum wage.
Who can use the government leave program?
Any UK organization with employees can apply, including companies, charities, recruitment agencies and public authorities.
Public sector employers should not use the program as the majority of employees still provide essential services.
If you receive public funds to pay staff, you should continue to use these funds, not employees on leave.
Individuals can put employees such as nannies on leave as long as they are paid through PAYE and they were on their payroll by March 19, 2020.
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How can I claim government leave payments?
You cannot apply yourself, your employee must do it for you. To access the program, your employer must meet the following conditions:
- Designate employees who cannot do their jobs due to government coronavirus control measures
- Notify these employees in writing of their new “leave” status and maintain communications for up to five years
- Submit to HMRC information on employees on leave to set up a reimbursement system
- You will need to determine the amount you can claim through the program
What do I need before I can be considered for a claim?
You must have:
Any entity with a payroll in the UK can apply, including companies, charities, recruitment agencies and public authorities.
Can I receive vacation pay if I am on sick leave?
If you fall ill while on leave, you can still receive statutory sickness benefit.
But in this scenario, employers can no longer claim vacation pay.
It is therefore up to employers to decide whether to transfer these employees to statutory sickness benefits or to keep them on leave, at their leave rate.
Can I be put on leave if I have more than one job?
If you have more than one employer, you can be on leave for all of your jobs.
Each job is separate and the £ 2,500 ceiling applies specifically to each employer.
So if you are licensed by two employers, you are entitled to government assistance of up to £ 5,000 per month.
You can also continue to work while on leave for another.
Can I volunteer or train while on leave?
A worker on leave may participate in voluntary work or training provided that this does not generate income for his employer.
If a worker on leave is required to take an online training course, his employer will have to pay him for the training hours.
Can I be authorized if I am on maternity leave?
Employees benefiting from the 39 weeks of statutory maternity pay (SMP) imposed by the government must always be paid by their employer.
This covers six weeks paid 90 percent of weekly salary, followed by £ 151.20 or 90 percent of your average weekly salary (the lower of the two) for the next 33 weeks.
Anything your business pays you in addition to this amount can be covered by the government leave scheme up to £ 2,500 per month.
How do I claim HMRC leave pay?
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Can I be put on leave if I quit my job for a new job that failed?
The government has said companies can re-hire and remove former workers who left their jobs for a new job after February 29, which fell due to the coronavirus.
But you must have stopped working for your employer on or after February 28, 2020, even if you are not re-employed until after March 19.
Employers can also re-hire anyone who was laid off on or after February 28.
Companies make the final decision on this and are not required to re-hire employees.